HC Deb 17 February 1915 vol 69 cc1148-9W

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he will state the average number of persons in prison in Scotland ten years ago and now, the amount of increase or diminution in the annual cost of the prison service now as compared with ten years ago, the scale of pay of the Prisons Board, governors, officials, and warders, respectively, then and now, with the present periods and amounts of increase in each class; and if the warder service is recruited from police pensioners, what their scale of pay is and whether they are satisfactory?


(1) The average daily number of prisoners in Scotland in 1913, the last year for which figures are available, was 2,694, as compared with 2,946 in 1903. (2) The average expenditure for the periods of five years 1899 to 1904 and 1909 to 1914, respectively, was £90,773 and £105,746, showing an increase of nearly £15,000. (3) The particulars desired are given in the relative Parliamentary Estimates (for 1903–4 and for 1913–14), to which I would beg to refer the hon. Member. (4) The warder service is not recruited from police pensioners.