§ 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?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
The figures, including convicts serving sentences of preventive detention, but not convicts in local prisons awaiting removal to convict prisons, are as follow:
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.
- 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.