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Prisons Service (Lodging Allowance)

Volume 154: debated on Monday 22 May 1922

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asked the Home Secretary whether bachelor chief warders and bachelor principal warders in the English prisons service who are compelled to sleep within the prison are paid a weekly allowance of 6s. 6d.; if not, are they allowed to live outside the prison; and, if so, what lodging allowance, if any, do they receive?

No male chief or principal officer is compelled to live within the prison. Provision is made in prisons for accommodation for bachelors, and if bachelors prefer to live in they form a reserve guard and are paid their pensionable lodging allowance, which is part of their emoluments. If they live outside the prison they draw their pensionable lodging allowance of 10s. a week for a chief officer or 8s. 6d. for a principal officer, which can be increased to 15s. a week in London and 12s. 6d. in the country, on satisfactory evidence that they are paying such amount and cannot obtain accommodation at a cheaper rate.