§ 35. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to give particulars of the Bill dealing with a new penal code in Somaliland Protectorate; the reasons advanced by Members of the Advisory Council in rejecting the proposals; and what are the rations and conditions obtaining in Somaliland prisons.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
The Bill is one of a number designed to replace Indian Criminal Law and Procedure in the Protectorate by enactments based on English law. The opposition in the Protectorate Advisory Council to its introduction was not supported by reasoned arguments and I can only attribute it to dislike of innovation as such. The rations and conditions obtaining in Somaliland prisons are laid down in the Prisons Rules of 1953, of which I will have a copy sent to the hon. Member.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that those rations are adequate to maintain fair health in the prisons?