HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 c334W
Mr. Lawrence

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he is giving to compensating those imprisoned as a consequence of a miscarriage of justice.

Mr. Brittan

There are long-established arrangements under which, in appropriate cases, the Home Secretary may authorise an ex-gratia payment from public funds to persons who are found to have been wrongfully imprisoned.