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Prisoners: Police Stations

Volume 462: debated on Friday 29 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 25 June to question 144968, on police cells costs, what range of nightly cost was used in calculating the £385 per night average cost; what the (a) highest and (b) lowest nightly invoice received so far is; and whether his Department is made aware of the cost per night before placing prisoners in police cells. (146479)

Police forces do not invoice nightly for Operation Safeguard expenses. The £385 per prisoner per night figure was calculated by applying experience of the costs of Operation Safeguard in 2002. Police forces may submit monthly, bi-monthly or consolidated invoices and the highest and lowest nightly invoices are therefore not centrally held.

The actual cost of holding a prisoner under Operation Safeguard varies between forces.