Prisons

Home Department written question – answered on 29th November 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the cost of telephone calls from within HMP Wormwood Scrubs differs from the cost charged to those who do not reside there, but use the same telecom provider.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The price of prisoners' phone calls is no longer linked to public payphone rates, they are set under the terms of the contract with BT which allows the Prison Service to set appropriate charges, taking account of the pattern of calls, as well as maintenance costs. The low minimum charge reflects the fact that prisoners' calls tend to be of short duration.

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