§ Mr. Molyneaux
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has any statement to make about the facilities provided to representatives of para-military organisations to inspect new cellular accommodation at a prison in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Concannon
, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 5th April 1976; Vol. 909, c. 29–30] circulated the following information:
It was apparent at the time of introduction of the Treatment of Offenders Order that there was widespread misunderstanding of its provisions, and of the Government's intention regarding special category prisoners. At the request of the Ulster Loyalist Central Co-ordinating Committee, meetings were arranged so that officials could fully explain the position. At one of these meetings ULCCC representatives asked to be allowed to see the new accommodation and the facilities for vocational training at Maze Prison and this was agreed.