§ Mr. Ede
The Statutory Rules provide that those offences with which the governor is not empowered to deal may be reported to the visiting committee or one of them, except in cases in which corporal punishment may be awarded, which must be heard by three members of the committee. The visiting committee is not required by the Rules to meet more than once a month, but one member of the committee visits the prison each week, and prisoners awaiting adjudication are ordinarily brought before the visiting magistrate. In present circumstances it would be difficult to arrange for two magistrates to visit every prison each week.
§ Mr. Ede
The difficulty is that, it there was a conflict on the tribunals, two justices would not be sufficient and it would be necessary to have a third. With the existing difficulties, I do not think it is possible to arrange for the visit of a sufficient number of justices each week to every prison.
§ Mr. Thurtle
Could the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is any age limit for these visiting justices?