HC Deb 25 July 1944 vol 402 cc599-600W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is still the practice during air-raids to lock up prisoners and detainees under Regulation 18B who thus run the risk of being unable to escape if the prison should be hit; and whether he will consider removing such prisoners from danger areas to safer parts of the country.

Mr. H. Morrison

The suggestion that preferential treatment should be given to persons in prison custody including 18B detainees by removing them to safer areas is impracticable. Prison buildings of cellular construction provide a high degree of protection from blast, and experience has shown that to leave cell doors open is not generally speaking a desirable course and may indeed lead to additional risks.