To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the average annual cost of a prison place is in (a) each prison establishment, (b) privately-run prisons and (c) publicly-run prisons.
The figures provided are for 2005-06 and are taken from HM Prison Service Annual Report and the Office of Contracted Prisons Annual Report.
(a) The establishment costs per place are listed as shown.
(b) The average cost per place of the private prisons is £33,722
(c) The average cost per place of the public prisons is £28,486.
The costs quoted for privately-run and public prisons are not directly comparable, because of different financing structures and differences in services funded by other Government Departments. The public prisons' costs quoted are the direct costs of each establishment and exclude Prison Service headquarters, depreciation and cost of capital charge on land and buildings, major maintenance and rates. The private prison costs are the direct cost of each establishment, including controllers and exclude depreciation, cost of capital charge/credit, repayment of capital, and rates.
There are also a number of factors which affect the costs of prisons and so comparisons must be made with caution. These factors include: the size of prison, its age, its design, the occupancy level, the prison security level, the type of prisoner and the activities carried on in the prison.
|Public prisons costs per place|
|Male category B prisons (8)|
|Male category C prisons (36)|
|Male dispersal prisons (5)|
|Female closed prisons (5)|
|Female local prisons (6)|
|Female open prisons (2)|
|East Sutton Park||24,965|
|Male closed YOI prisons (14)|
|Male juvenile prisons (4)|
|Male local prisons (32)|
|Male open prisons (8)|
|North Sea Camp||19,143|
|Male open YOI prisons (1)|
|Semi open prisons (7)|
|Privately run prisons costs per place|
|Dovegate||Male category B||29,043|
|Forest Bank||Male local||28,420|
|Lowdham Grange||Male category B||25,981|
|Rye Hill||Male category B||24,538|
|Wolds||Male category C||20,855|
|(1) Costs related to re-role from female to male establishments. |
1. The prison place numbers used in calculating the costs per place are the Certified Normal Accommodation data. Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA), or uncrowded capacity, is the Prison Service's own measure of accommodation. CNA represents the good, decent standard of accommodation that the Service aspires to provide all prisoners.
2. Establishments are categorised in these tables by their main role only. For this reason, performance of prisons within a category cannot necessarily be compared on a like for like basis.
3. Peterborough prison is not included as it was being brought into operation during 2005-06.