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Letter from Charles Hobhouse [Financial Secretary, Treasury] to WSC concerning Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise's [Chairman of the Prison Commission] proposals for increased assistance to discharged prisoners. Hobhouse expresses surprise at the rise in prison costs of the last decade. He draws comparisons between the expenditure of the years 1910-11 and 1900-1 and their prison populations; and highlights increased spending in various sections of the budget particularly "gratuities to prisoners and charities" in which a further increase is proposed. Hobhouse asks WSC to ask the Prison Commissioners to examine these areas of expenditure in order to suggest possible savings to fund the implementation of the new scheme, and says he is aware of WSC's personal interest in this issue. Signed manuscript annotated with note dated 23 June that an early reply had been promised.
- 23 Jun 1910
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