HC Deb 27 April 1944 vol 399 c917
25. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what cases he has withdrawn the certificates of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies; whether, in each such case, the responsible officers of the societies were given full details of complaints and an opportunity to answer them; and whether he will state the grounds upon which certificates were withdrawn.

Mr. H. Morrison

The ground for withdrawing a certificate is that the continuance of the Society will be a hindrance rather than a help to the work of assisting discharged prisoners. The occasions on which the Home Secretary is forced to such a conclusion are rare, but in addition to the recent case there was one in 1937 and one in 1925. Obviously the Home Secretary, before coming to such a conclusion, must satisfy himself that the Society has been made aware of its shortcomings and given an opportunity to present its case.