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Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the size of any prisons in Northern Ireland or to order the building of any new prison complexes within the foreseeable future.

A new prison is being built at Maghaberry, Co. Antrim, which will provide places for about 450 mean and 56 women. In addition, three cell-blocks, with a total of 300 cells, are under construction at Magilligan, Co. Londonderry.