§ 20. Mr. Maxton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prisoners are undergoing periods of preventive detention in Scottish prisons?
§ 21. Mr. Maxton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why prisoners undergoing sentence in Edinburgh prison are compelled to work longer hours than those in the prison of Glasgow?
§ Mr. Elliot
The hours worked in Edinburgh prison are not regarded as excessive looking to the interests of the prisoners themselves. Steps are to be taken in the near future to introduce a working day of similar length at Barlinnie as part of a scheme of improvement of conditions generally.
§ Mr. Maxton
Is there any truth in the public stow that these additional hours are due to the larger number of orders which have to be overtaken by the prison?
§ Mr. McGovern
Is any allowance made by the Trades Union Council with a view to getting an eight-hour day?