HC Deb 05 December 1979 vol 975 cc193-4W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that Mr. R. Morgan is allowed to perform his statutory duties as a member of the board of visitors at Puckle-church remand centre and is not prevented from visiting the centre by the Prison Officers' Association; and if he will reappoint him as a visitor on 31 December.

Mr. Whitelaw

Under the prison rules 1964 Mr. Morgan, as a member of the board of visitors, has access at all times to Pucklechurch remand centre. Prison officers are refusing to escort Mr. Morgan—but not other members of the board— around the centre; so long as this action continues other arrangements are being made to escort him when he visits the centre.

The appointments of all members of the Pucklechurch board of visitors expire on 31 December. The question of their reappointment will shortly be considered and board members will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.

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