§ Mrs. Maureen Hicks
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he expects the projected cost to be for accommodating a convicted murderer for a minimum life sentence of 20 years.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
It is not possible to distinguish the cost of keeping particular types of offender in custody. The average annual cost of keeping a person in a penal establishment in 1986–87 was £13,104. Projections are not made of the average costs of keeping persons in custody in future years.