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Prisoners (Letters)

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will stop the censorship of letters to and from prisoners.

No. The examination and reading of prisoners' correspondence is undertaken to prevent its use to plan escapes or disturbances or otherwise jeopardise the security or good order of establishments; to detect and prevent offences against prison discipline or the criminal law; and to satisfy other ordinary and reasonable requirements of prison administration.