HC Deb 04 April 1963 vol 675 cc621-2
28. Mr. Boyden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the need to improve the employ- ment situation in the boot and shoe industry, he will increase his Department's purchase of boots and shoes so that all inmates of penal institutions can be provided with hygienic and comfortable footwear.

Mr. Woodhouse

Prisoners' footwear is made in prison workshops. It would be wasteful to provide every short-term prisoner with a new pair of shoes, but part-worn shoes are not issued unless they are serviceable, and the present arrangements do not constitute any danger to health.

Mr. Boyden

That is a very complacent answer. Has the hon. Gentleman ever inspected the sort of footwear which a great many prisoners are compelled to wear? If not, will he do so?

Mr. Woodhouse

This is not a complacent Answer. It is a factual Answer to the Question as put.