HC Deb 16 July 1919 vol 118 c412W

asked the Home Secretary if he will give the official account of the case of Ernest Taylor, who, while employed as an assistant warder at His Majesty's Prison, Wands worth, on 20th May, 1904, was, during the performance of his duties, struck on the head by a prisoner with a sledge hammer, causing depressed fracture of the skull, and completely incapacitating him for twelve months; and, seeing that due to his inability to work this man is in a desperate and starving condition, can he see his way to make a special Grant?


On the 28th April, 1908, the then Home Secretary, in reply to a question in this House, said that the case had been repeatedly considered by him and his predecessor, who found themselves unable to accept the view that Taylor's condition was due to an injury inflicted on him while on duty in Wands worth Prison. Since 1908 no facts have been adduced to-make such a view more tenable; and I regret that it is not possible to make any Grant as the hon. Member suggests.