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Prison Inmates (Clothing)

Volume 84: debated on Tuesday 22 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether persons convicted of scheduled offences and imprisoned in Northern Ireland have the right to wear their own clothes and excercise that right.

[pursuant to his reply, 21 October 1985, c. 59]: All prisoners in Northern Ireland may wear their own clothes if they wish, and most of them do so. Within reasonable limits a wide variety of types and designs of private clothing is allowed. But clothing which resembles that of prison officers, is tantamount to a uniform, or is otherwise offensive or unsuitable is nor permitted.