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Prisoners (Costs)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the cost to public funds of keeping a prisoner (a) in an open prison and (b) in a maximum security prison.

During the financial year 1978–79 the average weekly costs of keeping a male prisoner in an open prison and in a maximum security prison in England and Wales were £80 and £232 respectively. The average cost of keeping a female in custody was £140 a week.