HC Deb 24 April 1975 vol 890 cc365-6W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy on mothers and babies being held in prison; and whether he has any proposals designed to avoid such a situation.

Dr. Sununerskill

It is for the court to decide whether a custodial sentence should be passed in any particular case. Our intention is that there should be sufficient suitable accommodation in women's establishments to ensure that if a sentence is passed on the mother of a young child she will not have to be refused permission to keep her child solely on the grounds that appropriate accommodation is not available.