HC Deb 29 November 1928 vol 223 cc630-1W

asked the Home Secretary whether the accused persons on remand in His Majesty's Prison, Brix- ton, are entitled to smoke, to attend lectures or concerts at the prison, or to receive visits from unofficial prison visitors if they desire to do so; and whether prisoners under observation in the hospital awaiting trial on minor charges are ever in association with those awaiting trial for murder or other serious crimes?


Remand prisoners are not permitted to smoke or to attend concerts or lectures. They do not receive visits from the unofficial prison visitors unless owing to the length of time for which a prisoner is awaiting trial or for some other exceptional reason the Governor thinks it desirable to arrange for such a visit. Allocation of prisoners to the hospital ward is determined by medical considerations, and, consequently, there may be in the same ward prisoners awaiting trial on major and on minor charges; but the possibilities of association are limited since the ward is under the constant supervision and control of an officer by night and by day.