§ 9. Mr. Benson
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the good work done by some prisoners as members of a fire-fighting party when recently a prison in the South of England was damaged by enemy action; and whether any recognition has been made of the services rendered by these prisoners?
Yes, Sir. In accordance with the practice adopted in other cases, a fortnight's remission of sentence has been granted to 14 prisoners who, as members of a fire-fighting party, gave most useful help to the prison staff. I would like to take this opportunity of expressing appreciation of the fine way in which the prison staff dealt with a difficult and dangerous situation, and of the good behaviour and co-operative spirit of the prisoners.
§ Mr. Benson
Can the statement of the Home Secretary be communicated both to the prisoners and to the prison staff?
Yes, Sir. The Governor of the prison will have the statement which I have made read out to all the prisoners in assembly at the first convenient moment.