HC Deb 07 April 1938 vol 334 c508
31. Mr. Day

asked the Home Secretary whether the responsible authorities have now been able to overcome the difficulties of transporting all prisoners by road, either before, during, or after their trial, in order that prisoners shall not be transported by train chained together in view of the public?

Sir S. Hoare

Standing orders provide that road transport should be used for the removal of prisoners in preference to rail, whenever possible. When prisoners are sent by rail everything possible is done by the prison authorities, in conjunction with the railway companies, to prevent their exposure to the public.

Mr. Day

Can the Minister say how many counties there are without prison vans?

Sir S. Hoare

Not without notice.