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Prison Building Programme

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the most recent progress in the prison building programme.

The prison building programme includes 20 new establishments. Three have been completed and occupied; six are being built; two of which will be ready for occupation this year and three by spring 1988; the remainder are at various stages of design or planning. Together these new establishments will provide some 10,600 new places by the mid 1990s. In addition, we are modernising and redeveloping the existing prison estate, with major capital works in progress or planned at about 100 establishments. This part of the building programme will provide a further 6,600 new places by about the same date making a total of 17,200 in all.