HC Deb 02 May 1929 vol 227 cc1688-9
4. Viscount SANDON

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider arrangements whereby prisoners whose crime involved pecuniary loss to anyone can be made to do work of a marketable character, from which the financial proceeds can go to the parties who have previously suffered such losses until the whole of them are worked off?


Suggestions of this kind have been frequently considered, but there are many difficulties, including the consideration that when from the value of a prisoner's labour is deducted the cost of his maintenance and supervision, there is no margin for compensation to injured parties.

Viscount SANDON

Is it not a fact that it would be easier for the State to bear these losses than many poor people who are robbed and get no return?


I have told my Noble Friend of the initial difficulty. If he likes to come to see me I can explain a good many other difficulties in the matter.