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Mr. William Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sort of free association is presently enjoyed by prisoners convicted of scheduled offences at the Maze prison; when it was introduced; and what groups enjoy such free association.
[pursuant to his reply, 21 October 1985, c. 59]: Since 1976 all sentenced prisoners have been allowed three hours' association each evening, and also periods of association on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and on public holidays. In addition, prisoners are able to associate during exercise and at meal times.