HC Deb 04 November 1993 vol 231 c366W
Mr. Mullin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide estimates for the annual cost of imprisoning a category A prisoner for each year since 1974.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Chris Mullin, dated November 1993: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question concerning the annual cost of holding category A prisoners, since 1974. Costs are collected by the type of establishment, rather than the category of prisoner. All convicted category A prisoners are held in one of six dispersal prisons. The average annual cost of holding an inmate in a dispersal prison (at 1993–94 prices) is given for the years 1983–84 to 1992–93. Prior to 1983 the dispersal prisons were not costed separately.

Average annual cost (at 1993–94 prices) of holding a prisoner in a dispersal prison
Year £
1983–84 42,010
1984–85 40,435
1985–86 37,279
1986–87 35,885
1987–88 40,570
1988–89 36,730
1989–90 35,294
1990–91 36,333
1991–92 44,627
1992–93 143,599
1 Provisional.

Dispersal prisons hold all categories of inmates and we are unable to isolate those costs which relate directly to the category A prisoners.