HC Deb 09 December 1971 vol 827 c362W
77. Mr. Pendry

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of public concern over the Pauline Jones-Denise Weller case, he will consider instigating an inquiry into the likely effects on women offenders who are known to be pregnant or suffering from post-natal depression when remanded in custody or subjected to long prison sentences.

Mr. Carlisle

The medical and nursing staff at women's prisons are skilled in treating women who are pregnant or suffering from post-natal depression. Some limited research into the effect of custody on these women has been carried out and my right hon. Friend is considering whether it might usefully be extended.