HC Deb 28 October 1952 vol 505 cc1713-4
5. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what representations have been made to him on planning grounds to site a so-called "prison without bars" in a derelict camp in south-east Westmorland; and whether he will give an assurance that his consent will not be given to such an undesirable development in the approaches to the Lake District.

Mr. H. Macmillan

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the camp at Belah River. I have arranged for a local inquiry at which the Prison Commission's proposal can be thoroughly examined.

Mr. Vane

Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the inquiry will be in public, that the Commissioners will try to make their case, and that their representative will be open to cross-examination?

Mr. Macmillan

I think that probably will be so, but I will look into the point.

Mr. Woodburn

Has the Minister considered the use of some of the derelict islands round our coast for this purpose?