HC Deb 04 May 2000 vol 349 cc209-10W
Miss Widdecombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average wage for prisoners who were(a) unemployed, (b) on the basic level of regime, (c) on the standard level of regime and (d) on the enhanced level of regime, in the latest year for which figures are available. [120689]

Mr. Boateng

Above prescribed minimum rates, levels of prisoner pay are set at governor's discretion and will vary depending upon the type of work offered and the regime in place. At present, establishments do not provide headquarters with the information required to answer this question. The multi-faceted nature of regimes in the Prison Service estate means that the collation of these statistics would entail expense beyond acceptable levels.

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