HC Deb 08 December 1955 vol 547 c536
14. Mr. Hyde

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that the prisoners and staff in Holloway Prison were greatly disturbed, shortly before the execution of the late Mrs. Ruth Ellis, by the noise caused through hammering in the erection of the scaffold on which she was subsequently hanged; and whether he will take steps to prevent inconveniences of this kind in future in all Her Majesty's Prisons where executions are carried out.

Major Lloyd-George

My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension. No scaffold was erected in Holloway prison before the execution of Mrs. Ellis.

Mr. Hyde

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that what he has just said will reassure those members of the public who were alarmed at a statement to the contrary sense made by the Bishop of Stepney, who visited Mrs. Ellis shortly before her execution?