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Education: Prisons

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much (a) per prisoner and (b) in total was spent on providing education in prisons in each of the last five years. (243279)

The information requested in the question is not collected centrally.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills' total budget for offender skills and employment includes allocations for prison libraries and Heads of Learning and Skills. Taking that total budget, and including funds passed to the Youth Justice Board for education in young offender institutions, and dividing by the prison population at 30 June each year, produces an average spend per prisoner.

The average amount spent per prisoner on education by this Department is set out in the following table.

Financial year

Average cost per prisoner

Total budget (£ million)

2003-04

1,560

116

2004-05

1,552

116

2005-06

1,836

141

2006-07

1,858

146

2007-08

1,966

156