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Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost per night of housing a prisoner is in an (a) Category A prison and (b) Category B prison. (189749)

Cost Information is published in the Annual Report and Accounts for Public-Sector prisons.

In 2006-07, the average cost per night of housing a prisoner was £143 in dispersal prisons, which hold Category A prisoners, and £77 in Category B prisons.

Prison categorisation is based on each prison's main role.