HC Deb 03 December 1909 vol 13 c601W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a vacancy is shortly to occur on the Prisons Commission; and whether, having regard to the fact that the commissionership which may be vacant had been held for some years by a member of the medical profession, he would undertake, in the event of the occurrence of a vacancy, to appoint a member of the medical profession to the post?


It is true that Dr. Donkin, one of the Prison Commissioners, retires shortly under the age rule, but I hope to be able to make arrangements which will ensure the continuance of the invaluable services which Dr. Donkin has rendered to the medical side of prison work. I hope at the same time to increase the strength of the prison administration in order to enable it to meet the greatly increased responsibilities thrown upon it by recent legislation.