HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 c231W
49. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the remuneration now paid to prisoners in Her Majesty's prisons; and if he will take steps to increase the amount which will be put to the prisoner's credit, in order to give him a start in rehabilitating himself after he has completed his sentence.

Major Lloyd-George

In their first eight weeks all prisoners may earn 10d. per week. Thereafter, flat-rate workers earn an average of 2s. 6d. with a maximum of 4s. Piece-rate workers have no maximum but average about 2s. 9d. Preventive detention prisoners in central prisons earn a 50 per cent. bonus on these rates. These rates are at present under review, but any proposal to increase them by such an amount as would be necessary to justify a scheme of compulsory saving would require long and careful consideration, having regard not only to the greatly increased cost of such a scheme but also to its effect on the present system of helping prisoners on discharge.