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Prisoners: Costs

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average running cost is expected to be of providing a prisoner place in Northern Ireland in 2008. (178319)

The cost per prisoner place (CPPP) target for 2008-09 is £81,500. The projected outturn for the current year is around £82,000 which is down from the outturn £90,298 in 2006-07.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has worked hard on implementing the various strands of the three-year efficiency package and this will contribute to yielding significant financial savings that will assist NIPS in meeting the current year and CSR07 CPPP targets.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service also has under way a significant capital build programme that will create additional cellular accommodation over the term of the CSR07 period thus enabling the service to continue delivering its downward CPPP trend.