Prisons: Television

Justice written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many television sets are available for use by prisoners in prisons in England and Wales; and at what cost.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The provision of televisions to prisoners has been devolved to Governors and Directors of contracted prisons, and therefore the total number of televisions available for use by prisoners is not held centrally. Public funds are not used to support the purchase of television sets used in cells. These costs are covered by the weekly rental paid by prisoners for the use of the sets. A cell television is only available through the incentives and earned privileges scheme.

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