Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount was spent on leisure facilities in prisons in each of the last six years.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Northern Ireland Prison Service does not spend money on leisure facilities, however, the service does incur costs on recreation and physical education. Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the amount spent on gym assets including snooker and pool tables for the last six years is:

Amount (£)
1998–99 13,900
1999–2000 27,275
2000–01 36,234
2001–02 13,847
2002–03 37,970
2003–04 24,814

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