§ 57. Mr. Sharples
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the escape from custody of Harold Prince.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
When Harold Prince was arrested on 25th October, he was found to be suffering from shingles and chicken pox and had to be taken to hospital. Two police officers were continuously present at Hither Green hospital to watch over him, but owing to the contagious nature of his illness they were not in the same room. Despite the precautions taken Prince managed to escape during the night on 4th November.