Examination of Witnesses

Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:16 pm on 14th July 2011.

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Steve Hynes: If you want the figures, they are here. Page 27 of Bowles and Perry’s report has chapter and verse. It does not have Germany, which is a federal system and spends slightly more. We spend €80, Sweden €71, Netherlands €90 and France €51. Germany is actually about €90 per head of population, but it is a bit more like a common law jurisdiction because it is has a federal system. So its costs are higher because it is analogous to a federal system like Canada or the common law world.