§ Mr. McEntee
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that information of the date of a prisoner's release was recently refused to the wife of a prisoner in Wormwood Scrubs; and under what Order or Regulation are applications by a prisoner's wife, or near relative, for information of this character refused?
§ Sir S. Hoare
As a general rule the wife or near relative of a prisoner is informed of the date of his release. In some cases, however, it is considered advisable first to consult the prisoner whether he wishes this information to be withheld. In the case to which I presume the hon. Member refers, the prisoner did not wish the information to be given to his wife and it was accordingly withheld.