§ Mr. Nicholls
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the advantages of allowing convicted prisoners to build up a reserve of income earned while in prison which can be paid to them on release; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. Patrick Nicholls, dated 24 July 1996:The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question about an assessment of the advantages of allowing convicted prisoners to build up a reserve of income which can be paid to them on release.I will write to you as soon as possible with a full reply.