HC Deb 20 June 1921 vol 143 c912W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any political prisoners are detained in Victoria military barracks, Belfast, and for how long have they been there; whether some were detained for four weeks and some for eight weeks without being allowed to exercise or even to attend religious service; and whether he will have searching and independent inquiry made as to the accommodation available and as to the treatment of prisoners?


I am informed by the Commander-in-Chief that there are at present 23 prisoners in Victoria Barracks, Belfast. None of them have been confined there from a date earlier than 14th May last and many of them for much shorter periods. They are accommodated in huts surrounded by a wire enclosure in which they are free to take exercise whenever they wish. On one occasion only have they been required to forgo church service, which was due to the fact that no escort could be spared. Their general accommodation is good, and they are very well treated.

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