To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) what the average cost was of keeping a prisoner for a day in each (a) prison establishment and (b) young offender institution in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what the average cost was of keeping a person in prison for (a) one week and (b) one year in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
The following table shows the cost per prisoner per day for each prison establishment and young offender institution for 2007-08.
The overall average resource cost per prisoner in England and Wales in 2007-08 was £39,000 (to the nearest £500) this equates to £750 per week (to the nearest £10).
There are a number of factors which will cause differences in prison costs, such as the size, age, location and category of the prison, the mix of prisoners (including gender and age) and the internal regime and rehabilitation work followed.
The costs comprise (a) the public sector establishments' direct resource expenditure as published in the HMPS annual report and accounts, increased by an apportionment of costs borne centrally by HMPS and the National Offender Management Service and (b) the resource expenditure of contracted-out prisons also increased by certain costs borne centrally. This involves some estimation. Income from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in respect of services recharged to the YJB is excluded in order to show the overall cost to the Ministry of Justice. The figures do not include prisoners held in police and court cells under Operation Safeguard, nor expenditure met by other Government Departments (e.g. for health and education). The prisoner escort service is included.
|Establishment name||Total cost per prisoner per day (£)|
|Male category B (9)|
|Male category C (38)|
|Male dispersal (5)|
|Female closed (5)|
|Female local (5)|
|Female open (2)|
|East Sutton Park||81|
|Male closed YOI (14)|
|Male juvenile (5)|
|Male local (36)|
|Male open (6)|
|North Sea Camp||83|
|Male open YOI (1)|
|Semi open (7)|
|Mixed Male local and Female closed|
|(1) Denotes contracted-out prisons. |
(2) Kennet: Opened in July 2007, therefore resulting in abnormal unit costs.
(3) Includes costs relating to re-role from female to male establishment.
1. Establishments are categorised by their main role as at the end of 2007-08. Establishments that have more than one role have been placed in the category that represents the primary or dominant function of the prison. For example, HMP Moorland is designated as category C adult but includes a large young offender population. For this reason, performance of prisons within a category cannot necessarily be compared on a like for like basis.
2. YOI refers to young offender institutions.
3. Data for Elmley, Stanford Hill and Swaleside is reported under the Sheppey cluster. Similarly, data for Brockhill and Hewell Grange is reported together as a cluster, listed as Hewell.
4. There are a number of factors which will cause differences in prison costs, such as the size, age, location and category of the prison, the prisoner population (including gender and age) and the internal regime and rehabilitation work followed.