§ 22. Mr. KIMBALL
(for Mr. SMITHERS) asked the Home Secretary what is the position with regard to Maidstone gaol; and if he can announce what decision has been arrived at as to its future use?
§ Sir H. SAMUEL
In 1930 the Prison Commissioners agreed to sell Maidstone Prison to the Kent County Council, but 1280 in October last the Commissioners informed the council that in view of changed circumstances it would suit them to retain the prison for some years, at any rate, if the council should be willing to cancel or postpone the scheme for the purchase of the property. Alternatively, the Commissioners asked that an arrangement should be made for them to occupy for as long as possible part, of the prison. The council have replied that they adhere to their intention of acquiring the property, but that they will be glad to consent to an arrangement by which the prison authorities shall continue to occupy part of the site for some time.