HC Deb 03 August 1961 vol 645 cc217-8W
74. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are at present in solitary confinement; for how many hours each day they are let out of their cells; and how long he expects this position to continue.

Mr. R. A. Butler

On 1st August, 1961, there were 201 prisoners so segregated of whom 123 were segregated at their own request. They are out of their cells for one hour a day. By providing special accommodation in two prisons for the reception of difficult prisoners I have already reduced the need for segregation and I hope shortly to make another prison available for this purpose.

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