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Prisoners (Visits By Families)

Volume 981: debated on Friday 28 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to the Under-Secretary's reply to the hon. Member for Ince, Official Report, 21 March, what estimate he has made of the additional staff that would be required to administer a scheme for financial assistance to enable wives and families living in Great Britain to visit prisoners in Northern Ireland.

The estimate is very small, but the extra work has to be weighed against much more pressing priorities for the Department at a time when Civil Service manpower is being stringently controlled.