HC Deb 04 April 1927 vol 204 c1712W
Major GLYN

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicts are to-day confined in how many prisons; what is the average annual cost of maintaining a convict, both man and woman; and how do these figures compare with 1913?


The figures, including convicts serving sentences of preventive detention, but not convicts in local prisons awaiting removal to convict prisons, are as follow:

  • On 29th March, 1927: 1,560 men in four prisons, 61 women in two prisons.
  • On 31st March, 1913: 2,308 men in five prisons, 89 women in one prison.
The average net annual cost per head, including establishment charges, for convicts in convict prisons in 1925–26 was £77 l1s. 3d.; in 1913–14 it was £27 l1s. 6d. For prisoners in preventive detention the equivalent figures are £113 19s. 9d. in 1925–26 and £60 10s. 3d. in 1913–14. It is not possible to give the cost of men and women convicts separately.