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Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what process is used to measure the performance of private sector prisons; and what changes are being made to that process following the introduction of a new system for (a) assessing and (b) publicising the performance of public sector prisons. [113424]

The performance of private sector prisons is measured through contractual performance measures and Prison Service Standards and Key Performance Targets. The Commissioner for Correctional Services will assess privately managed prisons using the same performance framework as used by the Prison Service for benchmarking public sector prisons. The results will be published at the same time.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 1 May, Official Report, columns 529–30, on prisons, what proportion of the prison population in England and Wales is housed in (i) houseblocks, (ii) ready to use units and (iii) modular temporary units. [113425]

The information requested is not available in the format requested as the occupancy of individual buildings is not recorded centrally.The previous response to the hon Member outlined the number of additional accommodation places opened at Prison Service establishments between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2003. Of that accommodation, shown as a proportion of the current total useable operational capacity of the Prison Service estate, houseblocks represent 0.9 per cent; ready to use units 0.8 per cent and modular temporary units one per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost per day of prison is for (a) an adult and (b) a juvenile. [114780]

[holding answer 21 May 2003]: The average cost per day of each prisoner during the financial year 2002–03, for each category of prison is shown in the table.

CategoryCost per prisoner

Male local61
High Security118
Category B57
Category C53
Male open56
Male remand center71
Male closed young offender institution79
Male open young offender institution50
Male juvenile100
Female local95
Female closed87
Female open67
Semi open64
These figures are establishment costs only, expressed in resource terms and exclude any share of Headquarters overheads. Establishment cost per prisoner figures cannot be compared with the overall Prison Service cost per prisoner, which includes all expenditure.The Prison Service does not collect the cost of adult and juvenile prisoners. These figures show the average cost of keeping a prisoner in each category of establishment, where establishments are categorised under their main function. This data is provisional and subject to final end of year adjustments.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are being held over (a) 50 miles and (b) 100 miles from their home town. [113695]