Prisons: Energy

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 13th June 2022.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what were the cost to the public purse of (a) heating and (b) electricity for prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The cost breakdown of gas and electricity for public sector prisons in England and Wales for the last 5 financial years are set out below.

There are four prisons that do not utilise gas as a main heating source; the costs for other fuel sources cannot be extracted within incurring a disproportionate cost.

Full Costs

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

Electricity

35,145,237

39,035,939

42,632,535

41,719,400

44,420,196

Gas

21,019,436

22,387,331

24,647,774

24,075,846

25,556,790

Total

56,164,673

61,423,270

67,280,309

65,795,246

69,976,986

The design of new prisons has gone through an intensive “greening” process with the twin objectives of delivering buildings that are both Net Zero Carbon Ready and achieve a BREEAM Outstanding environmental rating.

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