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Prisons: Private Sector

Justice written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost per prisoner place in each private sector prison (a) including and (b) excluding any capital repayment element in each of the last five years.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The following two tables show the cost per place and per prisoner for the four years 2006-07 to 2009-10. Figures for 2010-11 are not yet available.

For each year the direct cost is shown. Additionally, for 2007-08 to 2009-10 an overall cost is also shown (this information was not collected prior to 2007-08). The direct cost reflects mainly the direct contract costs for each private prison. The overall cost also includes costs met centrally by NOMS, including rates, depreciation, cost of capital, major maintenance, prisoner transport, etc. This includes some estimation.

The capital repayment element is not normally included in the cost per place/prisoner as it is not part of the annual resource operating cost. In table 2 it has been added to the direct cost only, as the overall cost figures in Table 1 already include depreciation and cost of capital charges.

Doncaster and Wolds are privately managed prisons, while the remainder are run under private finance initiative contract arrangements. Due to changes in accounting treatment over the period covered, the figures are not necessarily directly comparable.

Cost per prison place is expressed in terms of the baseline certified normal accommodation number of places, which will generally give a higher unit cost than the cost per prisoner.

Table 1
2009-10
  Direct r esource e xpenditure (£) Overall e xpenditure (£)
exc. Capital r epayment Cost per place Cost per prisoner Cost per place Cost per prisoner
Altcourse 58,486 35,883 61,926 37,993
Ashfield 56,858 81,292 57,273 81,885
Bronzefield 51,817 54,865 56,126 59,428
Doncaster 30,475 21,018 43,937 30,302
Dovegate 34,844 32,995 37,039 35,074
Forest Bank 36,051 26,300 40,173 29,307
Lowdham Grange 31,114 29,215 34,191 32,105
Pare 54,169 38,660 56,974 40,662
Peterborough 37,253 32,937 41,462 36,658
Rye Hill 30,775 28,284 33,632 30,910
Wolds 29,195 24,197 40,737 33,765
Total 40,840 33,354 45,409 37,086
2008-09
  Direct r esource e xpenditure (£) Overall e xpenditure (£)
exc. Capital r epayment Cost per place Cost per prisoner Cost per place Cost per prisoner
Altcourse 58,885 36,982 62,701 39,379
Ashfield 56,672 63,424 59,033 66,067
Bronzefield 57,817 59,537 60,348 62,143
Doncaster 37,820 26,205 44,026 30,504
Dovegate 34,829 33,220 37,305 35,581
Forest Bank 35,652 25,576 38,845 27,867
Lowdham Grange 32,207 30,153 34,699 32,486
Pare 53,615 37,698 57,033 40,101
Peterborough 38,584 33,563 41,303 35,928
Rye Hill 31,095 28,880 33,594 31,202
Wolds 37,228 31,302 42,720 35,920
Total 42,686 34,437 46,054 37,153
2007-08
  Direct r esource e xpenditure (£) Overall e xpenditure (£)
exc. Capital r epayment Cost per place Cost per prisoner Cost per place Cost per prisoner
Altcourse 58,464 34,740 62,213 36,968
Ashfield 54,950 58,089 58,473 61,814
Bronzefield 53,824 54,922 57,275 58,444
Doncaster 36,055 24,513 46,437 31,572
Dovegate 32,668 31,039 34,763 33,029
Forest Bank 32,955 24,121 35,068 25,667
Lowdham Grange 30,498 29,440 32,454 31,328
Pare 50,330 37,324 53,557 39,718
Peterborough 36,138 31,786 38,455 33,824
Rye Hill 29,532 28,859 31,426 30,709
Wolds 33,986 29,236 44,236 38,053
Total 40301 32,760 44,111 35,856
2006-07
  Direct resource expenditure (£) Overall expenditure (£)
exc. Capital repayment Cost per place Cost per prisoner Cost per place Cost per prisoner
Altcourse 55,108 32,947 n/a n/a
Ashfield 49,960 54,304 n/a n/a
Bronzefield 47,045 50,285 n/a n/a
Doncaster 27,828 19,312 n/a n/a
Dovegate 29,048 28,619 n/a n/a
Forest Bank 29,097 22,212 n/a n/a
Lowdham Grange 27,264 25,447 n/a n/a
Pare 44,080 34,914 n/a n/a
Peterborough 31,319 30,626 n/a n/a
Rye Hill 24,577 24,455 n/a n/a
Wolds 25,221 21,638 n/a n/a
Total 34,996 29,534 n/a n/a
Table 2
  2009-10
Inc. Capital repayment (direct resource expenditure ) Cost per place (£) Cost per prisoner (£)
Altcourse 61,254 37,581
Ashfield 60,839 86,985
Bronzefield 54,438 57,641
Doncaster 30,475 21,018
Dovegate 38,577 36,531
Forest Bank 37,557 27,399
Lowdham Grange 33,323 31,289
Pare 58,687 41,885
Peterborough 39,049 34,525
Rye Hill 32,401 29,779
Wolds 29,195 24,197
Total 43,181 35,266
  2008-09
Inc. Capital repayment (direct resource expenditure) Cost per place (£) Cost per prisoner (£)
Altcourse 61,440 38,587
Ashfield 60,357 67,549
Bronzefield 60,426 62,224
Doncaster 37,820 26,205
Dovegate 38,860 37,065
Forest Bank 37,191 26,680
Lowdham Grange 34,280 32,094
Pare 57,780 40,626
Peterborough 40,281 35,039
Rye Hill 32,605 30,283
Wolds 37,228 31,302
Total 44,933 36,249
  2007-08
Inc. Capital repayment (direct resource expenditure) Cost per place (£) Cost per prisoner (£)
Altcourse 61,068 36,287
Ashfield 58,361 61,696
Bronzefield 56,306 57,455
Doncaster 36,055 24,513
Dovegate 36,407 34,591
Forest Bank 34,391 25,172
Lowdham Grange 32,414 31,290
Pare 54,169 40,171
Peterborough 37,740 33,195
Rye Hill 30,935 30,229
Wolds 33,986 29,236
Total 42,409 34,474
  2006-07
Inc. Capital repayment (direct resource expenditure) Cost per place (£) Cost per prisoner (£)
Altcourse 57,923 34,629
Ashfield 53,174 57,797
Bronzefield 49,406 52,809
Doncaster 27,828 19,312
Dovegate 32,516 32,036
Forest Bank 30,437 23,234
Lowdham Grange 29,513 27,545
Pare 47,618 37,717
Peterborough 32,833 32,106
Rye Hill 25,879 25,750
Wolds 25,221 21,638
Total 37,025 31,246

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