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Prisons: Costs

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the average annual cost of a prison place is in (a) each prison establishment, (b) privately-run prisons and (c) publicly-run prisons. (142702)

The figures provided are for 2005-06 and are taken from HM Prison Service Annual Report and the Office of Contracted Prisons Annual Report.

(a) The establishment costs per place are listed as shown.

(b) The average cost per place of the private prisons is £33,722

(c) The average cost per place of the public prisons is £28,486.

The costs quoted for privately-run and public prisons are not directly comparable, because of different financing structures and differences in services funded by other Government Departments. The public prisons’ costs quoted are the direct costs of each establishment and exclude Prison Service headquarters, depreciation and cost of capital charge on land and buildings, major maintenance and rates. The private prison costs are the direct cost of each establishment, including controllers and exclude depreciation, cost of capital charge/credit, repayment of capital, and rates.

There are also a number of factors which affect the costs of prisons and so comparisons must be made with caution. These factors include: the size of prison, its age, its design, the occupancy level, the prison security level, the type of prisoner and the activities carried on in the prison.

Public prisons costs per place

Establishment

Cost (£)

Male category B prisons (8)

Albany

23,190

Garth

26,284

Gartree

23,477

Grendon

27,591

High Down

26,670

Kingston

31,359

Parkhurst

33,961

Swaleside

21,111

Average

25,881

Male category C prisons (36)

Acklington

17,490

Ashwell

20,525

Blundeston

27,654

Buckley Hall1

25,329

Camp Hill

24,562

Canterbury

36,772

Channings Wood

22,302

Coldingley

25,212

Dartmoor

26,656

Edmunds Hill1

25,149

Erlestoke

21,705

Everthorpe

21,759

Featherstone

23,335

Guys Marsh

20,975

Haverigg

21,574

Highpoint

18,453

Lancaster

42,683

Lindholme

26,039

Littlehey

19,532

Maidstone

21,193

Moorland

21,423

Mount

21,563

Onley

25,073

Ranby

23,657

Risley

19,289

Shepton Mallet

34,444

Stafford

20,206

Stocken

21,090

Usk\Prescoed

28,476

Verne

19,439

Wayland

18,563

Wealstun

19,056

Wellingborough

22,181

Whatton

29,030

Wymott

21,904

Average

21,976

Male dispersal prisons (5)

Frankland

47,401

Full Sutton

46,086

Long Lartin

37,445

Wakefield

33,653

Whitemoor

59,355

Average

43,904

Female closed prisons (5)

Bullwood Hall

43,706

CookhamWood

49,716

Downview

28,792

Foston Hall

32,168

Send

30,634

Average

34,617

Female local prisons (6)

Brockhill

38,657

Eastwood Park

34,519

Holloway

42,608

Low Newton

29,912

New Hall

41,800

Styal

34,387

Average

37,366

Female open prisons (2)

Askham Grange

23,290

East Sutton Park

24,965

Average

23,932

Male closed YOI prisons (14)

Aylesbury

32,660

Brinsford

35,984

Castington

35,085

Deerbolt

26,522

Feltham

45,201

Glen Parva

32,604

Hindley

30,980

Lancaster

33,993

Northallerton

40,030

Portland

24,201

Reading

48,405

Rochester

24,409

Stoke Heath

33,277

Swinfen Hall

26,027

Average

32,887

Male juvenile prisons (4)

Huntercombe

42,384

Warren

47,015

Werrington

48,195

Wetherby

36,423

Average

42,143

Male local prisons (32)

Bedford

34,422

Belmarsh

48,079

Birmingham

27,217

Blakenhurst

23,322

Bristol

42,727

Brixton

37,037

Bullingdon

27,912

Cardiff

33,187

Chelmsford

36,147

Dorchester

47,675

Durham

37,663

Elmley

23,749

Exeter

41,661

Gloucester

38,037

Holme House

25,016

Hull

27,034

Leeds

32,593

Leicester

52,770

Lewes

25,684

Lincoln

31,354

Liverpool

25,173

Manchester

34,518

Norwich

28,692

Nottingham

32,764

Pentonville

28,757

Preston

39,695

Shrewsbury

46,870

Swansea

42,626

Wandsworth

28,054

Winchester

36,029

Woodhill

43,313

Wormwood Scrubs

24,512

Average

31,912

Male open prisons (8)

Ford

14,077

Hewell Grange

24,769

Hollesley Bay

23,801

Kirkham

24,346

Leyhill

22,497

North Sea Camp

19,143

Standford Hill

20,112

Sudbury

16,641

Average

20,183

Male open YOI prisons (1)

Thorn Cross

27,413

Average

27,413

Semi open prisons (7)

Blantyre House

23,298

Dover

29,316

Drake Hall

25,559

Haslar

29,742

Kirklevington

19,050

Latchmere House

15,444

Morton Hall

21,796

Average

23,571

Privately run prisons costs per place

Establishment

Occupancy

Cost (£)

Altcourse

Male local

51,763

Ashfield

Male juvenile

48,669

Bronzefield

Female closed

44,490

Doncaster

Male local

26,417

Dovegate

Male category B

29,043

Forest Bank

Male local

28,420

Lowdham Grange

Male category B

25,981

Parc

Male local

39,976

Rye Hill

Male category B

24,538

Wolds

Male category C

20,855

1 Costs related to re-role from female to male establishments.

Notes:

1. The prison place numbers used in calculating the costs per place are the Certified Normal Accommodation data. Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA), or uncrowded capacity, is the Prison Service’s own measure of accommodation. CNA represents the good, decent standard of accommodation that the Service aspires to provide all prisoners.

2. Establishments are categorised in these tables by their main role only. For this reason, performance of prisons within a category cannot necessarily be compared on a like for like basis.

3. Peterborough prison is not included as it was being brought into operation during 2005-06.