HC Deb 26 April 1956 vol 551 c1957
25. Mr. Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that only 1s. worth of meat a week is allowed to prisoners in Strange-ways Prison, Manchester, apart from sausages and bacon; if he will increase this ration; and what is the meat allowance in other prisons.

Major Lloyd-George

The weekly diet of every prisoner includes fresh meat worth 1s. at wholesale rates in addition to 8 oz. sausage meat, 5 oz. bacon and 2 oz. preserved meat. The diet of prisoners has recently been reviewed and it is not proposed to increase the meat allowance.

Mr. Allaun

If the morale of prisoners depends, as it does largely, on their food, would the Minister expect good morale on 1s. worth of meat a week?

Major Lloyd-George

The people of this country did very well on it for a long time. In addition to the figures I have given, there is 1 lb. of fish. Prisoners are weighed regularly. This diet and the effect on the prison population is watched very carefully.