§ Mr. Thomas Cox
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the Prison Officers' Association, before he announced his proposals for prison reform; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Carr
Since last September I have had three meetings with representatives of the Prison Officers Association regarding the various aspects of penal policy that were the subject of my two recent announcements. In reaching my conclusions I paid careful attention to the association's views as expressed at those meetings and in writing, and in each case I informed the association of my intentions immediately before the announcement.