Prisoners: Costs

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Claire Sugden Claire Sugden Independent 3:15 pm, 29th November 2016

I do not believe that the costs are directly comparable. Northern Ireland is quite different, given the challenges that we face: the extra costs relating to paramilitary prisoners. When we get outline business cases in place for the prison estate, we will start to see more savings and safer prisons in terms of sight lines and the other areas outlined in those outline business cases. Work is ongoing, and, hopefully, we can bring that figure down, but I do not believe that it is a fair comparison with other parts of the United Kingdom.