HC Deb 09 July 1953 vol 517 cc1474-5
33. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what ex gratia payments he has made during the past year to persons wrongly imprisoned.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

Ex gratia payments are made from time to time for a variety of reasons but during the period in question there has been no case in which any payment was made in respect of wrongful imprisonment.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Why is the Home Secretary so mean and heartless in a case of this kind? Does the hon. Gentleman recall the case of Penfold, who was three weeks in Brixton and was given £5 from the magistrate's poor box, and the eighteen-years-old girl of St. Austell who was imprisoned for three weeks and had a small contribution towards the cost of her appeal? Will he give the same kind of treatment to the dustman in Warwickshire, whose case I hope is now being sympathetically considered?

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

If the hon. and gallant Member wishes to raise particular cases, I hope he will put down a Question, or write to my right hon. and learned Friend or to me.