HC Deb 03 December 1936 vol 318 cc1461-2W

asked the Home Secretary whether, since prison labour is being used for the assembling of various articles which are afterwards sold through ordinary commercial channels, he will say what steps are taken to prevent this prison labour from competing unfairly with free labour engaged on similar tasks?


Nearly all the work done in His Majesty's Prisons is for Government Departments and the gross receipts for work done for private firms in 1935 amounted only to £1,700. The price charged for all articles is fixed by the Prison Commissioners arid care is always taken to avoid accepting work from private firms at a price which would undercut outside prices.