Prisons: Spending

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 22 October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 2:52, 22 October 2007

My Lords, the prison budget for the next three years has not yet been confirmed but, given the CSR settlement to the Ministry of Justice, all areas of the department will need to ensure that they use their budgets effectively. The ministry is reviewing options for prison budgets at the moment. The review of prisons by the noble Lord, Lord Carter of Coles, will be a crucial input into those discussions.

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Pauline Campbell
Posted on 24 Oct 2007 8:24 pm (Report this annotation)

Given the prison budget for the next 3 years has not yet been confirmed, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Parliamentary Under Secretary, Ministry of Justice) might care to explain how the Justice Ministry plans to deliver a further 9,500 prison places with [as yet] no extra money.

And in light of the significant fall in overall crime in the last decade, the Justice Ministry should also explain why it feels the need to provide thousands of extra prison places at enormous cost to the taxpayer. Prison doesn't work, evidenced by the high level of recidivism. Is this a sensible use of public money?