HC Deb 24 November 1960 vol 630 c1306
37. Mr. P. Wells

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many escapes from Eastchurch Prison have occurred during the 12 months ended 19th November, 1960, or to the nearest convenient date.

Mr. Vosper

In the 12 months ended on 19th November, 1960, there were 34 escapes from this prison.

Mr. Wells

These are alarming figures. Is the Minister satisfied that sufficient care is taken to see that the right type of prisoner is sent to this prison?

Mr. Vosper

I agree that the figures are on the high side, and my right hon. Friend is having inquiries made into certain aspects of these escapes.

Mr. Mayhew

Is there any information as to whether any harm was done by the escapees to property and persons?

Mr. Vosper

I think that only three of the escapees have committed further offences, and I do not think that they were in the vicinity of the prison.