HC Deb 28 January 1954 vol 522 cc271-2W
95. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how far the experiment of permitting 12 prisoners from Horfield Prison, Bristol, to spend Christmas Day with their families was a success; and what proposals he has for the extension of this principle in the future.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Arrangements were made for the five (not 12) Third Stage Preventive Detention prisoners who are living in a hostel at Bristol prison and going out to work in the town, to spend Christmas Day, not with their own families, but with families in the Bristol neighbourhood. I understand that this passed off very well, and I should like to express my appreciation of the kindness of those who acted as hosts. When the next similar occasion presents itself, the question of the most suitable arrangements will be considered in the light of the further experience which will by then have been gained of the working of the scheme as a whole.

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