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Prisoners Transfers

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of transferring a prisoner between prisons was in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (158968)

The average cost of moving an individual prisoner between prisons in 2006-07 was £102.79 exclusive of VAT charges as recorded by the Inter-Prison Transfer contractor. However, there are a number of locally managed prisoner movements between prisons that do not have a centrally recorded cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were transferred between prisons during their sentence (a) in each of the last 12 months and (b) in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (158970)

The following table shows the monthly number of prison to prison transfers of individual prisoners in England and Wales, recorded by the Inter-Prison Transfer contractor, in each financial year from 2002-03 to 2006-07.

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

April

6,178

5,558

5,799

5,567

5,071

May

6,322

5,929

5,323

5,639

5,957

June

5,163

6,053

6,153

6,078

6,152

July

6,629

6,851

5,918

5,617

5,927

August

6,317

6,148

5,547

5,978

6,487

September

5,969

6,417

6,223

5,950

6,461

October

6,358

6,721

5,456

5,838

6,396

November

6,090

5,705

6,080

5,909

6,193

December

4,542

4,720

4,879

4,612

4,988

January

5,644

6,319

5,737

5,824

6,484

February

5,610

5,757

5,851

5,744

5,596

March

6,322

6,568

5,674

5,674

6,100

Total

71,145

72,746

68,638

68,430

71,812

There are also a number of locally managed prisoner movements between prisons that are not reported centrally.