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Prisons: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Government has budgeted for the construction of new Titan prisons. (203299)

The cost of construction of the Titan prisons has been estimated to be around £350 million each at 2007-08 prices.

The cost of building and operating the Titan prisons, which will be post 2011 spending review period, will be subject to the usual comprehensive spending review processes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much prisons in England and Wales received for work done by prisoners from (a) private and (b) public sector organisations in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the potential to increase prison revenue from such sources. (203783)

The following table shows the value of both internal and external sales from work done by prisoners in public sector prisons in England and Wales. While the Prison Service would seek to receive revenue where possible it should also be acknowledged that prison industries have a number of other objectives including purposeful activity as well as skills and employment opportunities.

£000

Internal sales1

External sales2

2007-08

30,560

6,010

2006-07

27,571

6,370

2005-06

31,334

3

2004-05

37,919

43,673

2003-04

40,782

44,370

1 The total sales value of goods and services provided using prisoners for internal consumption, including sales to the Ministry of Justice. The general reduction over the period is predominantly due to the phased implementation of hard charging. 2 Total sales revenue from predominantly private sector organisations. 3 Reliable data are not available for 2005-06 due to a system failure. 4 Data extracted from internal (prison industry) monitoring and recording systems.