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Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the public purse of each prisoner was in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement. (201811)

The average resource cost per prisoner was as follows:

£

2006-07

37,500

2005-06

36,400

2004-05

34,100

2003-04

33,000

2002-03

35,800

The figures include the total expenditure of HM Prison Service and also prison-related expenditure met centrally by the National Offender Management Service. From 2003-04 expenditure on prisoners' health is the responsibility of the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly Government as appropriate and is not included. Expenditure on prisoners' education is the responsibility of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and is not included.