HC Deb 09 April 1959 vol 603 cc366-7
31. Mr. C. Pannell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement following inquiries he has made recently into conditions in Her Majesty's Prison at Armley, Leeds.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The Prison Commissioners have asked the visiting committee to investigate the matters which the hon. Member has in mind. When its report has been received, the Commissioners will immediately consider what action is called for.

Mr. Pannell

Is the Home Secretary aware that the adjourned inquest which gave rise to the inquiries was concluded on 6th March, following which I made representations to him? As I understand that the Committee is coming to a decision as to whether it will inqure only next Monday, does he not think that there has been undue procrastination on this matter? Is he aware that my interest is to protect the prison staff whom I have the impression have been under a conspiracy?

Mr. Butler

I am aware of the great importance of maintaining the confidence of the prison staff, and that the part played by the hon. Gentleman has been very helpful to the prison staff. He has been kind enough to keep me informed of the situation and I have no doubt that the visiting committee will not delay further in giving its conclusions.

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