HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 c593W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to co-opt on to the local boards of visitors at each London prison members from the local education authorities which are shortly to be set up.

Mr. Mellor

No. At least two members of the board of visitors to prison establishments are required to be Justices of the Peace, but it is not otherwise the practice to appoint members to boards by virtue of their office. In making appointments to boards of visitors, consideration is rather given to the abilities of the individual candidate to discharge the duties effectively and the desirability of maintaining, so far as possible, a representative balance on the board in terms of age, sex and social and ethnic background.