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Prisons: Television

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many television sets are available for use by prisoners in prisons in England and Wales; and at what cost. (205811)

The provision of televisions to prisoners has been devolved to Governors and Directors of contracted prisons, and therefore the total number of televisions available for use by prisoners is not held centrally. Public funds are not used to support the purchase of television sets used in cells. These costs are covered by the weekly rental paid by prisoners for the use of the sets. A cell television is only available through the incentives and earned privileges scheme.