Prisoners Release: Acquittals

Justice written question – answered on 15th May 2007.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley 15th May 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1420W, on prisoners release: acquittals, in what cases remand prisoners are entitled to (a) travel warrants and (b) housing benefit and council tax benefit and mortgage interest for a limited time.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 15th May 2007

All prisoners who are released from prison custody are issued with a travel warrant to an agreed destination. Housing and council tax benefit and mortgage interest are available on release in all cases where prisoners meet the eligibility criteria to receive these benefits. If a remand prisoner is already in receipt of these benefits they continue to be payable for up to 52 weeks or until conviction.

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