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1913 Cat and Mouse Act

The government sought to deal with the problem of hunger striking suffragettes with the 1913 Prisoners (Temporary Discharge for Ill-Health) Act, commonly known as the Cat and Mouse Act. 

This Act allowed for the early release of prisoners who were so weakened by hunger striking that they were at risk of death.  They were to be recalled to prison once their health was recovered, where the process would begin again.

Please visit the next page to see the terms of the Act. 



1913 Cat and Mouse Act



Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/1/1913/3&4G5c4