HL Deb 02 December 1982 vol 436 cc1391-2WA
Lord Gardiner

asked Mer Majesty's Government:

Whether they have ever, and if so how often, made an ex gratia payment to an innocent person who has suffered a period of imprisonment when on remand [...] his trial.

Lord Elton

Whenex gratia payment is to be made by way of compensation for wrongful imprisonment, time spent on remand in custody is normally taken into account in the assessment of the sum to be offered. In a few cases—for example, one in 1979, two in 1980 and one in 1981—ex gratia payments have been made to persons who have been remanded in custody but not convicted.