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Prisons: Northern Ireland

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average cost of keeping a person in prison in England for one week in the last year for which figures are available. [HL5847]

The latest year for which figures are available is 2007-08. I refer the noble Lord to my Answer of 15 October (Official Report, col. WA 55). The overall average cost per prisoner per week in England and Wales in 2007-08 was £750. This excludes prisoners held in police and court cells under Operation Safeguard. The figure includes some estimation and is given to the nearest £50. Figures are not calculated separately for England and Wales. Expenditure met by other government departments (eg for health and education) is not included. The prisoner escort service is included.