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Prison Accommodation: Per Capita Costs

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department takes in to account the state pension costs of retired staff when calculating the cost of a prison place in England and Wales. (320857)

The annual cost per prison place is based on expenditure met by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) during the year. It does not include the pension cost of staff who have already retired, not the cost of the state retirement pension.

The cost includes the expected cost of pension benefits accrued by staff employed during the year and also the additional cost arising from any staff who leave as part of an early retirement programme during the year.

Present and past employees of NOMS receive pension benefits covered by the provisions of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) which is unfunded. Liability for payment of future benefits to retired staff is a charge to the PCSPS.