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Dartmoor Prison

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 15 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many official inquiries have been made into conditions in Dartmoor in recent years; and whether he will devise a system of discipline and training in Dartmoor that will turn out more co-operative citizens.

Dartmoor Prison is periodically inspected by visiting Prison Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners and by the Prison Commission's Director of Medical Services. There has been no occasion in the last few years to supplement these inspections by any special inquiry. The future of the prison was dealt with in the reply I gave on 25th February last to a Question by the hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes). It is a requirement of the Prison Rules that the purposes of training and treatment of convicted prisoners shall be to establish in them the will to lead a good and useful life on discharge and to fit them to do so.