§ Miss Maynard
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners charged with offences connected with the present troubles in 302W Northern Ireland have been held in solitary confinement for any period for their own protection during the last 12 months; what were the periods involved; and how many physical attacks have been made on such prisoners during the last year.
§ Mr. Concannon,
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 26th July 1976],gave the following information:
Forty-six such prisoners have been held in solitary confinement for their own protection during the past 12 months. The periods of confinement ranged from a few hours to a maximum of four and half months but were mainly of a few days' duration. Some of these prisoners had injuries which appeared to have been the result of physical attack by other prisoners, but they claimed to have received them accidentally.