HC Deb 08 July 1952 vol 503 cc1084-5
33. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of of State for Scotland the hourly rates of wages paid to segregated net-makers in Barlinnie and Peterhead prisons, respectively.

Mr. J. Stuart

No prisoner is paid wages. Those making nets are eligible for payment by way of pocket money on the same basis as those doing other work, and their average weekly earnings in both Barlinnie—where they are not segregated—and Peterhead are 2s. 5d.

Mr. Rankin

I thought that all the prisoners earned the wages of sin, but I am glad to hear that the right hon. Gentleman dissociates himself from that. May I ask him if he is aware that the segregated prisoners create a problem of peculiar difficulty within these prisons, and would he make as widely-known as possible among the prisoners concerned the facts which he has just given to the House?

Mr. Stuart

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Steele

Would the right hon. Gentleman say if there are any prisoners left in Barlinnie Prison, in view of the Prime Minister's promise to set the people free?

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