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Prison Costs

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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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. [37958]

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

1984–85

1989–90

1993–94

Local prisons and remand centres241309441
Contracted out establishments385
Dispersal prisons482554659
Category B training prisons255318404
Category C training prisons196257336
Adult male open prisons164218269
Young offender closed establishments269346415
Young offender open establishments294459473
Young offender remand establishments420
Female establishments363433540