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Messrs Doherty And Butcher

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why Hugh Doherty and Butcher, both involved in the Balcombe Street unit, have been put in solitary confinement; and how long it will be before they are returned to a proper location where they will be entitled to privileges which have been taken away from them when they have committed no offence against internal prison discipline.

Mr. Doherty and Mr. Butcher, together with other former inmates of the special security wing in Leicester prison, have been located in other local prisons to enable necessary building work to be carried out in the wing. They are segregated from other prisoners under rule 43 of the prison rules in the interests of good order or discipline. As soon as the wing is reopened, they will be returned there but I cannot at present say when this will be.