HC Deb 27 November 1912 vol 44 cc1290-1W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that dissatisfaction is being expressed with the recent appointment of a gentleman unacquainted with the Welsh language as Governor of Carmarthen prison; and whether he will further consider the desirability of transferring him with a view to the appointment of a Welsh-speaking official?


I understand that dissatisfaction has been expressed, but I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to a question asked me on Wednesday last. It is essential that there should be Welsh-speaking warders in Welsh prisons, but in the case of the Governor there is not the same necessity for knowledge of Welsh, and it would not be in the interest of the service to allow this qualification in all circumstances to override others.