HC Deb 09 May 1950 vol 475 cc176-7
11. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the female prisoners hitherto lodged in His Majesty's Prison, Perth, have now been removed to Duke Street, Glasgow.

Mr. McNeil

Untried prisoners, and those whose detention is unlikely to exceed a few days, will continue to be housed at Perth. Apart from these, the women's section of Perth Prison has been used mainly for prisoners serving sentences of six weeks or less. The transfer of such prisoners, of whom the average daily number has been seven, saves staff and will afford the prisoner better facilities for training, employment and recreation.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the type of female prisoner who is brought to Perth Prison differs very considerably from the average prisoner in Duke Street? Does he think that the mixing of these different types is really in the best interests of the prisoners which, after all, is the most important thing?

Mr. McNeil

Duke Street Prison is one with which I am quite familiar, but, as my sex and record will show, completely as a visitor. I will very gladly re-examine the question in the light of the hon. and gallant Gentleman's submission.

Mr. Carmichael

When my right hon. Friend is making his examination, will he consider the advisability of closing Duke Street Prison altogether and finding accommodation in a much better place?

Mr. McNeil

If I had the facilities to enable me to close Duke Street Prison I certainly would do so, but I cannot pretend that I foresee these facilities quickly becoming available.