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Prisoners (Costs)

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the cost per week, month or year of keeping a prisoner in the various categories of prison.

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the prison service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Butler to Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, dated 16 June 1993:

The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General, Mr. Lewis, from the office, to reply to your recent Question about the cost of keeping a prisoner in the various categories of prison.

The average weekly cost of keeping prisoners in the financial year 1991–92—the latest year for which information has been published—was as follows:

Weekly cost

Type of establishment

£ per prisoner per week

Local prisons and adult remand centers437
Dispersal prisons807
Category B training prisons438
Category C training prisons363
Open adult prisons316
Closed youth establishments452
Open youth establishments551
Female establishments629
All operational establishments442