HC Deb 23 July 1953 vol 518 c65W
81. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances statements made by convicted prisoners to chaplains are communicated to the prison authorities.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Statements made by a prisoner in the course of religious confession are inviolate. Private conversations between a prisoner and the chaplain are not disclosed to a third party without the prisoner's consent, except where information is obtained of matters prejudicial to the safety or good order of the prison.