§ Mr. Charles Irving
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the annual average cost of maintaining in prisons in England and Wales a prisoner who fits the criteria set out in section 72(1)(a) and (b) of the Mental Health Act 1959.
§ Mr. Brittan
A prisoners who fits the criteria set out in section 72(1)(a) and (b) of the Mental Health Act 1959 is detained in a prison appropriate to his security category and the cost of his maintenance is not separately identified. The average annual cost of keeping a person in prison in England and Wales during 1978–79 was £5,894.