The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue September 2013
Given MPs Mr Philip Davis and Mr Grayling’s recent concerns about how much television convicts watch, I thought your readers might be interested in how much revenue our TV rentals bring in. Following a Freedom of Information request (83636/13) I asked the following questions:
The MoJ refused to answer my third question on the grounds that it could ‘weaken competitive bidding process, but they did answer questions 1 and 2 as follows:
2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
£2,115,315,00 £2,150,402,00 £2,160,788,00 £2,139,598,00
£4,571,063,00 £5,274,497,00 £4,618,851,00 £1,330,404,00
So whilst for the last 3 years the MOJ has made no profit from the TVs whilst they have been funding the cost of the digital switchover, in the years prior to this our TVs produced a profit of over £800,000 each year. A total of almost £13million in the last 15-16 years and another £800,000+ each year going forward. Not bad for what was probably an initial £2million pound (£40 per set) investment. MPs should think about that before they start demonising us in the tabloid press for daring to watch TV in prison.
Comments about this letter
9/9/2013 commonsenseA tv licence in civvy street is over £100 a year. Prisoners gets theirs for £52. And bear in mind you also dont pay towards electricity for running them.
10/9/2013 Tim Hargreaves -TAXPAYERS paid £7.2million for televisions in prisons over the past four years.The cost of letting inmates watch TV in their cells in 139 jails in England and Wales, was revealed after a Freedom of Information request.
10/9/2013 WayneYou buy a TV licence for the building your residing in so the cost of having a TV licence would be spread over 200-1500 people depending which prison your in which is negligible, and besides, their is no law that states you have to own a TV so its your own choice whether you pay for a TV licence, or is that the fault of prisoners too?
14/9/2013 commonsenseI said nothing about flat screens.
30/9/2013 Serendipity@Commonsense you also said nothing of any value.. If your outgoings are more than your income then that's YOUR problem not some wo/man sat in an 8 x 6 cell..
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