Prisons: Costs

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average cost of keeping a person in prison in England for one week.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The overall average cost per prisoner per week in England and Wales in 2007-08 was £750. This excludes prisoners held in police and court cells under Operation Safeguard. The figure includes some estimation and is given to the nearest £50. Figures are not calculated separately for England and Wales. Expenditure met by other government departments (for example, for health and education) is not included. The prisoner escort service is included.

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