HC Deb 27 March 1945 vol 409 cc1331-2W
Mr. Bellenģer

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what class of prisoner is to be sent to Dartmoor.

Mr. H. Morrison

It has been decided to use Dartmoor Prison for men sentenced to penal servitude by courts-martial for military offences. This arrangement will have the advantages of separating these men from the associations of an ordinary prison, where they are in contact with criminal prisoners, and of providing them with healthy out-of-door work. I also hope that, in collaboration with the Army authorities, it may be possible to provide such military training and education as is practicable in prison, with a view to retaining the military efficiency of men who may, on a review of their sentences, be returned to their units.