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Prisoners: Transport

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoner journeys in the south-west in relation to each prison were made by taxi or other private hire vehicle; and at what cost in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; (154597)

(2) how much each prison in the south-west region spent on privately contracted transportation in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what proportion of this cost was represented by taxi or private hire journeys.

Accurate information is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost, as it would require a search through a very large number of invoices, and interrogation of a number of accounting codes.