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Prisons (Improvements)

Volume 245: debated on Monday 24 November 1930

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asked the Home Secretary whether he will take steps to ensure the provision of more generous financial help to the governors of prisons who are desirous of making structural and other changes so that prisoners may be better trained and employed?

If ample funds were available it would be desirable to make extensive structural alterations of many prisons or even to rebuild them entirely: but having regard to financial considerations it is only possible to make gradual and limited improvements. Every year Parliament is asked to vote certain sums for the provision of workshops and for other building works at prisons and a continuous programme of improvements is carried out so far as that can be done consistently with due economy.