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Civil Prisoners

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what statutory provision the position of civil prisoners is defined; in what way their treatment differs from that of prisoners serving sentences of imprisonment; and if he will make a statement.

four police forces in Wales are currently below establishment.

The term "civil prisoner" is used for administrative convenience within the prison service to denote prisoners committed or attached for contempt of court, or for failing to do something required by the court. Under prison rule 63(1) certain privileges enjoyed by unconvicted prisoners are extended to them. These privileges relate to clothing, letters and visits and are defined in rules 20(1) and 34(1).