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Prison Service: Additional Funding

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the additional £112 million funding for the Prison Service announced by the Home Secretary on 13 February 1998 was inclusive or additional to the £43 million additional funding announced on 24 July 1997; and whether the additional £66 million announced on 21 July 1998 is inclusive of or exclusive of these amounts. [HL 3096]

The £43 million additional funding announced on 24 July 1997 comprised £17 million for 1997–98 and £26 million for 1998–99.The £112 million announced on 13 February 1998 was for the 1998–99 year. This sum included the £26 million announced previously. The Home Secretary, in the same announcement, explained that the Prison Service had done well in containing costs in 1997–98, and had not had to call on extra provision made available for that year.