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Prisons: Compensation

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which five prison establishments spent the highest proportion of their budget on (a) legal costs and (b) compensation payments in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (137311)

It is not possible to allocate legal costs to individual compensation payments without reviewing individual files which could be done only at a disproportionate cost.

Compensation payments are not met from establishment budgets but are funded from centrally held funds. The five prison with the highest costs as a proportion of their budget in each of the last five years are:

2006-07

Northallerton

Cardiff

Blantyre House

Dover

Swansea

2005-06

Dover

Liverpool

Swaleside

Hewell Grange

Wormwood Scrubs

2004-05

Chelmsford

Bedford

Lancaster Castle

Dorchester

Haverigg

2003-04

Wormwood Scrubs

East Sutton Park

Parkhurst

Styal

Exeter

2002-03

Holloway

Stafford

Shrewsbury

Wayland

Lincoln