HC Deb 24 February 1936 vol 309 c51W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that bakelite caps and cork discs for scent and hair-lotion flasks, made by Messrs. C. A. Griener and Sons, North Acton, are delivered at certain of His Majesty's prisons and assembled by prisoners for Messrs. Woolworth, Limited, as ordinary prison tasks, and that electric terminals have been assembled in prisons, as routine prison tasks, for Messrs. Gilson and Company, Limited; and whether it is now the practice of the Prison Commissioners to put on the market goods made by prison labour in competition with free labour?


Prison labour is almost entirely employed on work for Government Departments, but a very small amount of work is undertaken for private firms in accordance with the principles laid down by the Gladstone Committee of 1895 and re-affirmed by the recent Committee of which the hon. Member for Harrow (Sir I. Salmon) was Chairman.