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Prisons: Rural Areas

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has assessed the merits of providing short-term temporary cells in rural areas. (134372)

[holding answer 27 April 2007]: The National Offender Management Service has investigated a wide range of potential temporary accommodation to increase capacity. Part of the 8,000 place capacity-building programme includes ready built modular accommodation which has an expected life span of 10 to 25 years. The early stages of the programme are using land on existing prison sites. Some of these are in rural areas.