HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 cc2495-6
27. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what approach has been made to him by the "Alcoholics Anonymous" organisation to allow members to visit inmates of our prisons who have turned to crime through drink; and what decision he has reached in the matter.

Major Lloyd-George

The movement known as "Alcoholics Anonymous" has been allowed to send literature to prison medical officers and has been supplied with a list of names and addresses for this purpose. Members of the movement have been permitted to visit suitable prisoners.

Mr. Dodds

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether he is hopeful of success from this, and whether his decision was influenced by the activities of this organisation in Australia and America?

Major Lloyd-George

I cannot answer the latter part of the question. Whilst it is too soon to come to a final conclusion about this matter, I can say that the influence of this society has had a beneficial effect on some prisoners.

Mr. Daines

Could the right hon. and gallant Gentleman arrange for my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Mr. Dodds) to undertake this work, provided he remains as anonymous as the alcoholics?