HC Deb 08 March 1917 vol 91 c552
35. Mr. W. THORNE

asked the Home Secretary if he can state the cost per week of a criminal serving penal servitude and the amount of rations per day allowed?


Detailed information as to the net annual average charge of convicts is given in the Annual Report of the Directors for 1915–16, Appendix No. 7, Table B. The dietary under ordinary circumstances is as set out in the Appendix to the Statutory Convict Rules, but considerable modifications are now being introduced in order to comply with the requirements of food control as far as possible.


Do I understand by that reply that criminals have been receiving fuller rations than the ordinary civilian population?


I should like to have notice of that.