HC Deb 21 November 1939 vol 353 cc1009-10
38. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the estimated cost of the prison for officer-prisoners in the North of England, including food, rent, upkeep, protection. wages, etc.; how many prisoners there are; and what it amounts to per head?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The rent of the camp in question has not yet been settled, but, apart from this, the cost is about £50 a day, of which £45 is in respect of staff. There are 21 prisoners at present in the camp, which is adequate to accommodate 200.

Colonel Wedgwood

Would it not be cheaper to keep them at the Ritz and allow them to go home if they are prepared to take the risk?

Mr. Gallacher

Does it not cost over £2 a day to keep them?

Captain Shaw

Would my right hon. Friend consider keeping these people in caravans?