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Prisons: Locks and Keys

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of occasions when, due to the loss or theft of keys, a prison has had to be relocked since March 2010; and what the cost to the public purse was of each such incident.

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

Security is our top priority. If anyone attempts to undermine our security we will do whatever is necessary to ensure prisoners are secure.

Since 2010 there have been 9 relocks at a total cost of £529,973.

Time Frame

Total Cost (excluding VAT)

2010 - 2011


2011 - 2012

Cost Met by private contractor operating the prison

2012 - 2013


2013 - 2014


2014 - 2015


2015 - 2016


2016 - 2017

Cost Met by private contractor operating the prison


The figures quoted have been drawn from live administrative databases and may subsequently be amended. Due care is taken during processing and analysis, but the detail is subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

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