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Wandsworth Prison (Overcrowding)

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 1 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will transfer the female prisoners at Holloway to another prison and use Holloway to reduce overcrowding at Wandsworth.

I regret that there is no suitable alternative accommodation available to which the prisoners and staff at Holloway prison could be transferred.

If this suggestion is not practical, can the Home Secretary say what action he has already taken or proposes to take to reduce the overcrowding, in view of the tendency to demoralisation which we know about at Wandsworth Prison?

We are trying to get every prisoner who is suitable for such treatment into an open prison. That is going on all the time. The original Question was about Holloway Prison. The prisoners there are for the most part unsuitable for open establishment. Those who are suitable for open prisons are removed there.