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National Offender Management Service: Finance

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure the National Offender Management Service incurred on prison-based offender behaviour programmes (a) in total and (b) per participant in 2008-09. (284230)

The funding for the delivery of prison-based offender behaviour programmes is part of establishment baselines, therefore it is not possible to accurately disaggregate the cost of this work.

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) offers a range of programmes to meet different needs and risks of offending. The cost of delivery varies across programmes and by prison establishment, depending on factors such as the nature, length and intensity of the programmes, volume of delivery and the existing infrastructure.

The estimated cost per individual completing programmes in prison is between £1,000 to £10,000. The small number of completions for the more intensive programmes for serious violent offenders cost more to deliver.

NOMS is currently undertaking a specifications, benchmarking and costings exercise which will provide more accurate costings of the interventions delivered.