HC Deb 04 April 1917 vol 92 cc1316-7W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that solitary confinement is the severest form of prison punishment; that the Countess Marckievicz is undergoing this punishment because she will not associate with thieves and prosti- tutes; that the failure to redeem his predecessor's promise of similar amelioration for her to that granted to the men in prison for the same offence is causing irritation in Ireland, which finds expression in resolutions of elected bodies; and whether he will consider the plan of transferring the Countess to Lewes and allowing her to join in the daily intercourse which the men enjoy?


The prisoner mentioned is not undergoing separate confinement, but works in association. With regard to the latter part of the question, I have nothing to add to the answers given on the 21st February and 7th March.