HC Deb 09 June 1998 vol 313 cc483-4W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the running costs in the past two years, and what are the forecast running costs over the next four years, of(a) Cardiff Prison and (b) Parc Prison, Bridgend. [44009]

Ms Quin

The running costs of Cardiff prison were £10.97m in 1996/97 and £11.079m in 1997/98. In 1998/99 the figure is forecast to be £11.09m. The budget for the following three years will not be set until the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review is known.

Parc prison opened on 15 November 1997. From then until 30 April 1998, payments of nearly £7m plus value added tax were made to the managing contractor. This figure relates to the provision of the whole custodial service, including prison capital and financing costs, and cannot be compared with the running costs of an existing directly managed prison.