§ Mr. Norman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 5 March 2003,Official Report, column 1096W, on prison inspectors, what the total pay costs incurred by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons were in each year since 1997. 
§ Paul Goggins
The total pay costs for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons since 1997 were as follows:
£ 1997–98 724,000 1998–99 740,502 1999–2000 886,247 2000–01 896,000 2001–02 1,270,989 2002–03 1.568,475
The jump in pay costs between 2000–01 and 2001–02 reflects the creation of a third inspection team which the Government funded to meet significant increased demands on the inspectorate.