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Police Custody

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision has been made in his Department’s budgets for the cost of (a) police cell accommodation and (b) court cell accommodation for prisoners in 2007-08. (150145)

The National Offender Management Service has a budget of £9 million for the use of police cells and courts cells in 2007-08. The budget is not split between police and court cells.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost was of (a) police cell accommodation and (b) court cell accommodation in each financial year from 1996-97 to 2006-07. (150144)

I have assumed that this question refers to the use of police and court cells to hold prisoners overnight.

In 2006-07 £1,070,140 was paid for the use of police cells to hold prisoners overnight (known as Operation Safeguard). Police forces invoice in arrears and not all invoices relating to this financial year have yet been received or paid.

Police cells were also used to hold prisoners overnight in the financial year 2002-03. A total of £10.44 million was paid in this period.

In financial year 2006-07 NOMS has paid £235,000 (excluding VAT) to a private contractor to keep court cells available to hold prisoners overnight. Not all invoices have yet been received or paid.