Oral Answers to Questions — Rates (Non-Payment).

– in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of persons who were committed to prison during the closing months of 1921 for non-payment of rates for the Metropolis, for the provinces, and for Scotland; how many of these were females; and how many of such prisoners paid up such arrears after being arrested?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

During the last three months of 1921, 178 persons were received into prison for non-payment of metropolitan rates, and 97 for non-payment of provincial rates; 14 of the metropolitan and six of the provincial cases were females; 58 out of all these were discharged from prison on payment of the whole or part of the arrears. I am told there wore no such cases in Scotland.