HC Deb 22 July 1971 vol 821 cc1656-7
11. Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what improvements he proposes in the married quarters of prison officers and their families in Portland.

Mr. Carlisle

Negotiations are in train to buy 47 new quarters. It is planned to build about 60 more. Night storage heaters are to be installed in existing quarters this year.

Mr. King

Would my hon. and learned Friend hurry these matters up? Is he aware that the agitation has been going on for many years? Not only do prison officers perform a most valuable public service, but by virtue of that service they have little choice where they live or the nature of the house in which they live. Therefore, they should have a degree of preference not accorded to all other persons.

Mr. Carlisle

I am fully aware of the concern expressed about the matter in Portland. Negotiations are at an advanced stage on the 47. The first of these houses should be ready in about 12 months, and all should be ready within 30 months. It is hoped to make a start on building the other 60 next year, but I will bear in mind what my hon. Friend said.