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Prisons

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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33.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give an estimate of the current expenditure necessary to renovate the prisons of Great Britain to 1981 standards for the present prison population.

A very rough estimate of the cost of modernising the existing Victorian prisons and old war-time camps, including the ending of cell sharing in England and Wales, is of the order of at least £1,000 million spread over, say, the next 25 years.

46.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any proposals in being to bring the conditions in prisons under his jurisdiction up to the standard of the "H" blocks in Northern Ireland.

Comprehensive proposals have been drawn up, within available resources, to improve conditions in prisons over a period of years by enhanced maintenance and a building programme of new prisons.