§ Mr. Cox
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the basic pay paid to inmates in prisons in England and Wales; when this was last increased; and what is the highest weekly pay that can be earned by an inmate who is in full-time employment in a prison establishment in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Mellor
The basic pay, which is paid to inmates who are unemployed or incapacitated through illness or injury, is £1.65 per week. The maximum pay that can be earned under various incentive schemes is £5.55 per week. Rates were last increased in April 1989.