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Wandsworth Prison

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that prisoners subject to a compulsory levy at Wandsworth prison are adequately informed of how the money is disbursed; and if he will give the reasons for his decision.

Prisoners' contributions of 2p per week are only a small part of the income of the general purposes fund and if would be difficult to separate the disbursement of the prisoners' contribution to the fund from the greater proportion of the income which comes from other sources. In view of the over-crowded conditions and transient population at Wandsworth, there is no obvious and satisfactory way of informing prisoners how the general purposes fund itself is disbursed, but the Governor is considering whether anything further can be done with regard to this. Before Christmas, each prisoner received 70p from the fund to spend in the prison canteen which, for most prisoners, represented more than their total contribution to the fund while at Wandsworth.