§ Mr. Gurden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what circumstances caused him to reverse the previously announced decision not to close the women's wing of Brockhill Remand Centre until full investigations were completed and alternative accommodation provided in the West Midlands.
§ Mr. Elystan Morgan
The hon. Member is mistaken in thinking that any such decision was previously announced. The closure was postponed from the end of May to the end of June to enable the Brockhill Visiting Committee to raise the matter, as they had given notice to do, at the Annual Conference of Visiting Committees and Boards of Visitors on 12th June and to afford the Conference an opportunity of making any suggestions it might wish before the wing was closed. No suggestion was made at any stage that the wing could continue to operate after the end of June.