asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on accommodation in Her Majesty's Prisons.
The deficiencies of prison service accommodation in England and Wales are well known. Five new penal establishments are under construction, and major work is going on to expand seven existing establishments and to redevelop two others. In addition, £8 million is being spent this year on repair and maintenance. Over the next four years present plans will produce about 4,500 new places.