§ Mr. Shepherd
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a prisoner at Winson Green has recently been put in six months' solitary confinement; and what offence was involved.
§ Miss Bacon
A prisoner in Birmingham prison with a record of violence was segregated from other prisoners under the Prison Rules on 26th May last, pending police investigation into an incident in that prison in which he was alleged to have struck another prisoner a violent blow in the face with his fist and while 209W the other prisoner was on the floor kicked him about the head and body until he was unconscious.
The assailant was subsequently charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm and committed for trial at Birmingham Assizes. It was considered necessary in the interests of good order and discipline to keep him segregated from association with other prisoners until his trial was over. This was on 10th November, since when he has returned to normal association.