§ Mr. Sharp
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether pregnant women serving a prison sentence are compelled to have their children in the prison hospital, or whether applications to have the confinement in a non-prison hospital receive favourable consideration; and what action, including entry on the birth certificate, is taken to remove the stigma of prison birth from the child.
§ Mr. Ede
All hospitals at women's prisons are equipped to provide proper care and treatment for cases of confinement, but cases requiring treatment which it is not possible to provide in the prison hospital, are transferred to an outside hospital. Arrangements are made to secure that the entry on a birth certificate does not disclose that the child was born in prison.