HC Deb 11 March 1988 vol 129 c355W
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.

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