§ 51. Mr. K. Robinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, under his arrangements, when a prisoner is transferred to hospital under Section 72 of the Mental Health Act, he automatically forfeits remission in respect of that part of his prison sentence spent in hospital, or whether he is entitled to full remission if he is returned to prison before expiry of sentence.
§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
A prisoner transferred to hospital under Section 72 of the 141W Mental Health Act, 1959, ceases to be subject to the Prison Rules, under which remission of sentence may be earned for good conduct and industry. But if he is returned to prison before the expiry of his sentence, it is usual to credit him with the remission he could have earned had he remained in prison.