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Prisoners, Maryhill Barracks (Escape)

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 24 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he will now make a statement on the recent escape of soldiers from Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow.

On 11th March, 1951, a number of prisoners who were being conducted back to their cells rushed the door, which was unlocked, and entered the compound yard. Eight succeeded in making their escape. Steps are being taken to ensure the completeness of guard orders and to improve the general supervision of the detention rooms.

Will the Minister say whether any of these prisoners have been recaptured and how many were National Service men?

Six have been recaptured. I cannot give the other information without notice.