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Young Offenders

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of the cost of keeping a young person in custody is spent on education; and how this compares with the amount budgeted per pupil in the state school system. [HL465]

In young offender institutions, 15 per cent of the cost of keeping a young person in custody is spent on education. In secure children's homes, contractors running these establishments report it is also 15 per cent and in secure training centres it is 11 per cent. The actual spend per pupil in the secure estate in the different types of institution varies between around £8,100 and £27,700. The amount budgeted per pupil in English state schools for 2007-08 is £4,525.