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National Offender Management Service: Per Capita Costs

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the National Offender Management Service spent per meal on inmates in HM Prisons in the latest year for which figures are available. (244136)

For 2007-08, the last full financial year for which figures are available, the average public sector Prison Service daily food cost per prisoner in England and Wales was £2.12.

No discrete cost data are held centrally for each meal but we estimate that for breakfast, lunch and dinner the approximate breakdown of the daily food cost is 20 per cent., 40 per cent. and 40 per cent. respectively. This calculates as follows:






Evening Meal


This estimate will vary between establishments and actual costs will be dependant on local regimes.