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Justice For Remand Prisoners

EDM number 666 in 1990-91, proposed by Joyce Quin on 26/03/1991.

That this House is deeply concerned at the increase in the numbers of prisoners held on remand which have grown from 5,600 in 1975 to 10, 500 in 1989; condemns the fact that many remand prisoners are locked up for lengthy periods each day and that many are obliged to share cells with convicted prisoners; deplores the fact that large numbers of remand prisoners have to wait many months, or even years, before coming to trial; notes with dismay that the Woolf report stated that conditions for remand prisoners were often worse than those for convicted prisoners; expresses its view that such a system undermines the principle of law that presumes innocence until guilt is proved; and calls on the Government to institute immediate improvements in the treatment of remand prisoners and, in particular, to respond urgently and positively to the recomendations concerning prisoners contained in the Woolf report including the proposal that the remand prisoner should spend his time in custody in as constructive a manner as possible and, to the extent that this is practicable, to preserve his employment, family and community connections.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Joyce Quin26/03/1991Gateshead EastProposed
Ernie Ross27/03/1991Dundee WestSigned
James Wray27/03/1991Glasgow ProvanSigned
John Battle27/03/1991Leeds WestSigned
Terry Davis27/03/1991Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
John Cummings27/03/1991EasingtonSigned
Keith Bradley27/03/1991Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Bill Michie27/03/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale27/03/1991MansfieldSigned
William McKelvey27/03/1991Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion27/03/1991Dundee EastSigned
Peter Hardy27/03/1991WentworthSigned
Eric Illsley28/03/1991Barnsley CentralSigned
Tom Cox28/03/1991TootingSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe28/03/1991LeighSigned
Ron Davies28/03/1991CaerphillySigned
Harry Barnes28/03/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
Chris Smith15/04/1991Islington South & FinsburySigned
Tony Worthington15/04/1991Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Tony Lloyd15/04/1991StretfordSigned
Norman Hogg15/04/1991Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie16/04/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
Kenneth Eastham16/04/1991Manchester, BlackleySigned
Peter Pike17/04/1991BurnleySigned
Alice Mahon17/04/1991HalifaxSigned
Llin Golding17/04/1991Newcastle-under-LymeSigned
Win Griffiths17/04/1991BridgendSigned
Bruce Grocott17/04/1991Wrekin, TheSigned
Andrew Smith18/04/1991Oxford EastSigned
Joan Lestor22/04/1991EcclesSigned
Audrey Wise22/04/1991PrestonSigned
Tommy Graham26/04/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Ken Livingstone29/04/1991Brent EastSigned
Jack Thompson01/05/1991WansbeckSigned
Martyn Jones03/05/1991Clwyd South WestSigned

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