To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average weekly cost of imprisonment in each category of prison (a) in 1985, (b) in 1990 and (c) in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Bruce Grocott, dated 24 October 1995:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the average weekly cost of imprisonment in each category of prison.
The attached table gives the average weekly net operating cost per inmate for the years 1984–85, 1989–90 and 1993–94, which is the latest year for which figures are readily available.
Net operating cost per prisoner per week in cash terms (£)
Category of establishment
|Local prisons and remand centres||241||309||441|
|Contracted out establishments||—||—||385|
|Category B training prisons||255||318||404|
|Category C training prisons||196||257||336|
|Adult male open prisons||164||218||269|
|Young offender closed establishments||269||346||415|
|Young offender open establishments||294||459||473|
|Young offender remand establishments||—||—||420|