§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much it costs per head to detain youths in(a) prisons and (b) other forms of detention centres; and if he will make a statement.
§ 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 Derek Lewis to Mr. Martyn Jones, dated 28 March 1994:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent question about the cost of detaining young offenders.552W
Young people remanded to prison are held in local prisons and remand centres at an average weekly cost of £526. Sentenced young offenders are held in closed young offender establishments at an average weekly cost of £634 or open ones at £492.