HC Deb 18 April 1929 vol 227 c430W

asked the Home Secretary the number of persons who are civil debtors and are at present serving sentences in prison; and particulars of those who have been committed by either County Court Judges or magistrates and the different categories under which they have been sent to prison?


On 1st April, 1929, there were in prison 32 County Court debtors and two High Court debtors. There were also 713 persons committed by Courts of Summary Jurisdiction in default of payment of certain arrears (i.e. 391 wife maintenance, 235 affiliation orders, three industrial school contributions) or of certain other payments (i.e. of rates 68, Income Tax two; sums due under the Poor Law 14).

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