HC Deb 01 May 1947 vol 436 c257W
38. Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department during which hours each day the inmates of His Majesty's Borstal institution at Wandsworth are locked in their cells; during how many hours a day are they allowed to take part in conversation; what education or training they receive; what industrial or other work they do; and what is the average number of inmates and the average length of their stay in the institution.

Mr. Ede

The wing of Wandsworth Prison which has been set aside for Borstal inmates is used for the temporary detention of those whose misconduct and failure to respond to Borstal training is such that it is necessary to deprive them for a time of the opportunities for association, comparative freedom of movement and other advantages of an ordinary Borstal institution. The average length of stay is three months and the number of inmates at any one time averages 116. Their work consists of wood sawing and chopping and coal shifting. Conversation is allowed during the half hour's exercise period and within limits during working hours. Educational books are provided and there is physical training daily. The time for which the inmates are out of their cells is at present only 7¼ hours, but this is due to shortage of staff, and it is hoped to lengthen the period at an early date