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Volume 895: debated on Thursday 17 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to discover whether any of the three first men confined in the prison control unit at Wakefield suffered lasting psychological damage.

We have seen reports on all three prisoners. Nothing in those reports suggests that any of them has suffered psychological damage as a result of his stay in the control unit.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which prison or prisons the three men at present confined in the prisoner control unit at Wakefield were transferred; and if he is satisfied that there are no shortcomings in staff-inmate relationships in those establishments which could have been a contributory factor to the alleged misconduct of the prisoners.

Hull. My right hon. Friend is not aware of any evidence that the persistently disruptive behaviour which led to their being transferred was caused by any shortcomings in staff-inmate relationships.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present stage of the inquiry ordered by his Department into allegations that six prisoners on remand at Her Majesty's Prison, Winson Green, were assaulted by warders; whether he has yet received the report; and if he will make a statement.

I cannot at present add to the answer given to a Question by my hon. Friend on 13th June.—[Vol. 893, c. 298.]