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Prisoners Transfers: Costs

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of transferring prisoners (a) from one prison to another and (b) to and from court was in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (178752)

Details of the costs of transferring prisoners to one prison from another in England and Wales using the inter-prison transfer contract are held by financial year and are set out in the following table:

Cost of inter prison transfers (£ million)

2002-03

5.50

2003-04

5.64

2004-05

5.79

2005-06

5.97

2006-07

7.38

Since August 2004 the contracts for the escort of prisoners have included a separate payment for every prisoner journey undertaken. The payment covers vehicle and staff costs. Details of these payments for escorting prisoners to and from courts in England and Wales are available by calendar year from 2005 and are set out in the following table:

Cost of escorting prisoners courts to and from courts (£ million)

2005

50.38

2006

52.6

2007

54.88

The figures include the cost of all prisoner journeys in the London and south-east contract area as to separate the escort of prisoners from police stations to prisons from the invoiced total could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.