HC Deb 22 November 1976 vol 919 c1006W
Mr. Gould

asked the Attorney-General in what circumstances the Official Solicitor intervenes in cases involving prisoners on hunger strike.

The Attorney-General

The Official Solicitor is concerned only with those prisoners who have been committed to prison for contempt of court. He receives regular reports, including medical reports, on such prisoners. He intervenes if, in his opinion, it is in the interests of such a prisoner for him to do so. Accordingly, if such a person were to go on hunger strike, he would intervene if, in all the circumstances, he thought it would be proper and in the interests of the prisoner for him to do so.

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