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Prisoners Transfers

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department spent on prison transfers in each of the last 10 financial years; and if he will make a statement; (196135)

(2) how many prisoners have been transferred between prisons during their sentence since April 2007; and if he will make a statement.

Details of expenditure on inter-prison transfer services by the inter-prison transfer contractor for each financial year since 2001-02 are set out in the following table. Data are not available for financial years 1997-98 to 2000-01.

Financial year

Cost (£)

2001-02

5,390,061

2002-03

5,390,061

2003-04

5,147,078

2004-05

5,798,057

2005-06

5,786,057

2006-07

7,906,739

2007-08 (to February)

7,006,886

The following table shows the number of inter-prison transfers under the inter-prison transfer contract in each month since April 2007. A breakdown of the number of transfers of sentenced and unsentenced prisoners under the inter-prison transfer contract is not held separately.

Inter-prison Transfers

April 2007

5,302

May 2007

6,183

June 2007

6,028

July 2007

7,253

August 2007

6,341

September 2007

6,185

October 2007

6,504

November 2007

6,428

December 2007

5,297

January 2008

6,838

February 2008

6,256

In addition to this there are prisoner transfers that are managed locally. These are not recorded centrally.