HC Deb 26 April 1956 vol 551 cc1948-9
8. Mr. V. Yates

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the plans for the provision of accommodation for women officers at Strange-ways Prison, Manchester, have now been finally approved; and when he expects the work to be carried out.

Major Lloyd-George

A scheme to replace the present quarters inside the walls by a new hostel outside has been approved. Details are being worked out and the plans are almost complete. Work is expected to start this year.

Mr. Yates

When visiting this prison with another hon. Member recently I was informed that, much to the dissatisfaction of the staff, the plans for these improvements had been declined by the Treasury. May we take it now that these plans are approved and will be put into operation as quickly as the right hon. and gallant Gentleman has suggested?

Major Lloyd-George

The hon. Gentleman will have to take the last part of my answer at its word, which is that the work is expected to be started this year.