HC Deb 22 June 1950 vol 476 cc1460-1
30. Wing-Commander Bullus

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how far prison regulations allow reporters to interview criminal offenders detained in His Majesty's prisons.

Mr. Ede

The prison rules make no provision for representatives of the Press to interview prisoners, and it is not the practice to give such facilities.

Wing-Commander Bullus

Is the Minister aware that conversations purporting to be those of well-known prisoners were reported in a Sunday newspaper recently?

Mr. Ede

A great many strange things appear in Sunday newspapers, and I am not to be taken as accepting them. There is no possibility of a newspaper representative interviewing a prisoner unless he is one of the persons who is, in some way or other, connected with the prisoner and pays him a visit. Then it might be possible that an interview might take place, but, generally, it is impossible.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Are there any regulations which would allow a convicted burglar, with strong views on private enterprise, to give them to the Press?

Mr. Speaker

That appears to be a rather hypothetical question.