HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 c1524
43. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will ensure that future inquiries into disturbances in any of His Majesty's prisons shall be conducted in public.

Mr. Ede

Any offence against prison discipline which is too serious to be dealt with within the limited powers of the Governor of the Prison, is the subject of investigation and adjudication by the Prison Visiting Committee, which is an independent body composed of, or including, magistrates. I do not think there would be any advantage, and there would be many disadvantages in having inquiries of this kind conducted in public.