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Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average annual overall resource cost per prisoner was in England and Wales in each of the last five years. (252691)

The overall average resource cost per prisoner in England and Wales was:

£

2007/08

39,000

2006/07

37,500

2005/06

36,500

2004/05

34,500

2003/04

33,000

Note:

Figures are to the nearest £500.

The average costs comprise the public sector establishments' direct resource expenditure as published in the Annual Report and Accounts of Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS), increased by an apportionment of costs borne centrally by HMPS and the National Offender Management Service; and the resource expenditure of contracted-out prisons also increased by certain costs borne centrally. This involves some estimation. Income from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in respect of services recharged to the YJB is excluded in order to show the overall cost to the Ministry of Justice. The figures do not include prisoners held in police and court cells under Operation Safeguard, nor expenditure met by other Government Departments (e.g. for health and education). The amount of expenditure met by other Government Departments may have altered over the period, possibly affecting comparability of the figures. The prisoner escort service is included.