HC Deb 09 July 1964 vol 698 cc123-4W
24. Mr. Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered the representation, a copy of which has been forwarded to him, of the Warwick, Leicester and Stafford quarterly meeting of the Society of Friends about provision of work for prisoners; and what action he is planning to implement the main recommendations of the recent Report of the Advisory Council for the Employment of Prisoners.

Mr. Brooke

I have read the letter with interest, I entirely agree about the importance of providing prisoners with productive work for a full working day, and indeed the average working week in local prisons is now 50 per cent. longer than the figure given in the letter, which contains other misunderstandings that I find it difficult to account for. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave on 5th March to the hon. Member for Leeds, South-East (Miss Bacon).