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Colonial Territories (Imprisoned Service Men)

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the usual practice, where members of Her Majesty's Services, usually resident in the British Isles, are imprisoned for civil crimes in Colonial Territories such as Hong Kong; in what circumstances they are detained in prisons in the area; and in what circumstances they are sent to this country.

They are normally detained in prisons in the area only when the sentences imposed are too short to warrant transfer to the United Kingdom under the Colonial Prisoners Removal Act, 1884.The practice varies in different Colonies; but it is usual, if a long sentence is imposed or special circumstances make it inadvisable for a prisoner to be detained locally, to transfer him to the United Kingdom under the Act.