HC Deb 21 April 1937 vol 322 c1732
28. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give particulars of any recent reports on gaol conditions that he has received from the local medical authorities in Nairobi, Kenya, and the number of deaths from tuberculosis that have been recorded at the Nairobi prison for each of the last three years; and what steps it is proposed to take to further improve existing conditions?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have received no reports from the medical authorities in Kenya relating specifically to gaol conditions in the Colony. The annual reports of the Prisons Department for the years 1933, 1934 and 1935 indicate that the total deaths in the Nairobi prison during those years were 12, 31 and 22 respectively, of which more than half were due to pneumonia. No deaths were due to tuberculosis. A separate ward for the hospital treatment of patients with this disease was constructed in 1933.

Mr. Day

Does the report show that the conditions in this gaol are considerably worse than they are in other Colonial prisons?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

No, Sir.