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Police Custody: Costs

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost per night was for holding people in custody in police cells in Staffordshire in the latest period for which figures are available. (193613)

Staffordshire police have not invoiced the Ministry of Justice for the cost of holding prisoners overnight in police cells since Operation Safeguard was activated in October 2006.

However, the estimated average cost of holding a prisoner in a police cell under Operation Safeguard in England and Wales is currently in the region of £385 per night.