Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (577)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

577. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the costs to the State of the jailing of persons for contempt of court. [8676/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The average cost of an available, staffed prison space during 2011, the latest year for which a figure is available, was €65,359 (€70,513 in 2010) a decrease on the 2010 cost of €5,154 or 7.3%. This decrease in average cost results from reduced expenditure and an increase in the provision of bed capacity.