HC Deb 11 November 1943 vol 393 cc1287-8
56. Miss Rathbone

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether arrangements can be made for separating first offenders in prisons from old offenders from the beginning of their stay instead of, as now sometimes happens, after several weeks interval during which they are included with hardened offenders?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

A prisoner cannot be finally classified until his record has been received from the police, and under war-time conditions this often involves some delay. Governors have, however, a discretion to classify a prisoner as a "star" provisionally pending the receipt of his record, and I believe that generally speaking proper use is made of this discretion, but steps are being taken to remind all Governors that they should follow this procedure.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the lad, whoever he may be, is classified as soon as he is convicted?

Mr. Morrison

I am afraid the hon. Member is off the rails. That is another issue altogether.

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