Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost is of detaining foreign prisoners in British prisons.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

MoJ does not analyse cost by prisoner nationality at an individual prisoner level, as costs recorded on the central accounting systems do not allow identification of costs attributable to holding individual offenders.

However, HMPPS information is published on an annual basis on average costs per prisoner, costs per prison place and overall prison unit costs for each private and public sector prison in England and Wales.

This information is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/prison-performance-statistics-2015-to-2016

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