§ Mr. Alan Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of prisoners in United Kingdom jails by category; what is the average proportion of sentence served in each category, and what is the average annual cost of keeping a prisoner in each category. 
§ Mr. Boateng
Female prisoners, remand prisoners and recently sentenced prisoners are not allocated to a security category. The centrally available information on the numbers of prisoners in each security category and the average proportion of sentence served by category on release of prisoners released in 1998 is given in the tables. The cost per place by type of establishment is in the Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts for April 1998 to March 1999, a copy of which is available in the Library, and is given in the tables.
Information about prisons and prisoners in Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland respectively.
Numbers of prisoners in England and Wales in security categories A-D Category Number Category A 660 Category B 7,400 Category C 26,330 Category D 14,920 1 On 30 September 1999
Females, remand prisoners and recently sentenced prisoners are not categorised.
Average proportion of sentence served by category on release for prisoners in England and Wales released during 1998 Category Percentage Category A 65 Category B 56 Category C 54 Category D 44
Females, remand prisoners and recently sentenced prisoners are not categorised.197W
Cost per place by type of establishment for prisons in England and Wales Type of establishment Cost per place (£) Female Closed 27,966 Female Local 27,426 Female Open 16,995 Category B 21,079 Category C 17,543 Dispersals 34,383 Male Local 24,604 Male Open 14,505 Male Remand Centres 23,644 Male Closed Young Offender Institutions 18,885 Male Open Young Offender Institutions 18,650 Male Under 18s 26,113 Overall Average 22,649
Establishments are categorised in the table by their main role only. Establishments that have more than one role have been placed in the category that represents the primary or predominant function of the prison.