HC Deb 08 December 1936 vol 318 cc1822-3

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Prison Commissioners are now in a position to state their proposals for the demolition of Duke Street Prison, Glasgow, and its replacement by new buildings on the outskirts of the city, where women offenders can be dealt with in keeping with modern ideas for the prevention of offences against law and order?


It is not possible to dispose of Duke Street Prison until another prison for women has been provided in or near Glasgow. Correspondence is now in progress about a site which has been provisionally selected for the new prison.


Arising out of that reply in which the Secretary of State has told the House that the Department are examining this business, is it not the case that on 16th June last I put a question to the then Secretary of State, who replied that two suitable sites were being considered; is it not evident that they have done nothing since then, and what is the right hon. Gentleman going to do in this matter?


I will do my utmost to obtain a site for the new prison at the earliest possible date.