HC Deb 08 February 1999 vol 325 cc94-5W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy on providing passive drug dogs in prisons; and what is the cost of keeping each dog. [69635]

Mr. George Howarth

The use of passive drug dogs is an important element in the Prison Service's strategy for tackling the supply of illegal drugs into prisons. There are currently 34 passive drug dogs across the service, with around 50 additional dogs planned over the next three years. The annual cost of keeping each dog is approximately £2,087.