HC Deb 12 March 1979 vol 964 cc81-2W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is and has been the annual cost of maintaining Spandau Prison, West Berlin for each of the last 10 years, to (a) Great Britain, (b) the Federal German Government, and (c) to France, the United States of America, and the USSR.

Mr. Judd

Information on the costs of maintaining Spandau prison in each of the last 10 years is not readily available.

In 1978, the only direct cost to the United Kingdom in connection with maintaining Spandau prison was the salaries of the British warders which amounted to £25,732. My right hon. Friend has no details of the direct costs incurred by France, the United States and the Soviet Union.

No costs fall directly on the Federal German Government, although the latter reimburses the Senate for the costs of the occupation of Berlin. These occupation costs include some of the running costs of the prison which in 1978 amounted to

Mr. Tomlinson

Waiting times were not recorded before 1974. Times waited since then were as follows:

approximately DM 150,000 in respect of expenditure incurred by the British authorities. My right hon. Friend has no details of the expenditure incurred by the French, United States and Soviet authorities.

The balance of the cost of maintaining Spandau prison is borne by the Senat, without reimbursement from the Federal German Government. For 1978 this sum was estimated at DM 945,000.

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