HC Deb 28 March 1956 vol 550 c200W
54. Mr. Benn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will list the offences for which the manacling of prisoners is authorised in each of the colonial territories; and how many persons have been manacled in each of these territories in each of the last four years for which figures are available.

Mr. Hare

Manacles are not applied as a punishment for offences by prisoners but only to restrain them in case of need. A report on the use of mechanical restraints in all Colonial Territories was placed in the Library of the House in May last year and I am sending a copy to the hon. Member.