HC Deb 17 November 1966 vol 736 c603
1. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions, in the last two years, Blake was moved to make his escape more difficult.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Roy Jenkins)

As I have already told the House, Blake was not moved after his reception into Wormwood Scrubs in 1961.

Mr. Digby

Is the Home Secretary aware that the one point which is not clear is whether, despite the fact that there had been two sets of representations by the security authorities earlier, and his own attention was drawn to this matter on assuming office, he exercised his judgment upon it?

Mr. Jenkins

We debated this matter very fully. The other points had better await the outcome of the Mountbatten Inquiry to which they will be fully put.

28. Mr. Hamling

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a further statement on the representations made to his Department concerning the security of Blake in the last two years.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

There were no such representations. But perhaps my hon. Friend will await the report of the Mountbatten Inquiry.