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Prisoners (Food Allowance)

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is of the daily food allowance for prisoners in (a) prison cells and (b) police station cells; and when they were last increased. (98444)

[holding answer 31 October 2006]: There is no daily set allowance for prisoners' food. Governors are required to ensure that prisoners are provided with sufficient nutritional food. The average cost per prisoner per day over the year 2005-06 for public sector prisons in England and Wales was £1.93 (up 3.2 per cent. on the previous year). In the same period the average cost for establishments operated by the contracted sector ranged from £2.10 to £3.07.

For prisoners held in police cells as part of Operation Safeguard, there is no daily food allowance. There is a recently agreed allowance of up to £12 per prisoner per night to cover the full cost of providing meals.