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Prisons: Finance

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent reductions there have been to budgets of (a) prisons and (b) other detention facilities in respect of the financial year 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (240316)

Prison budgets for 2008-09 have not been reduced below 2007-08 levels. However, among various changes to prison budgets (e.g. for inflation, increased capacity, efficiency measures etc.) there was a package of savings totalling £29 million directed at public sector prisons, which included local efficiencies; further clustering of services; and a standardisation of the core day in most prisons which took place in June 2008.

Spending on prisons has increased in real terms by 42 per cent. since 1996-97 (to 2007-08).