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Prisons: Food

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL13845, tabled on 19 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of food per prisoner, per day, in prisons in England and Wales.

Answered on

5 March 2019

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) allocates food budgets to prisons based on £2.02 per prisoner per day, which covers the daily prisoner food and beverage requirements.

With increased responsibilities to Governors since April 2017, and devolved budgets to prisons, what is spent on food per prisoner per day and the breakdown per meals is ultimately a decision for each Governor and their catering team, and therefore individual prison food budgets may vary.

The food budget for prisoners within privately managed prisons is agreed in the contract between the provider and the Ministry of Justice, the details of which are commercially sensitive. This is reviewed regularly.