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Weare Prison

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 975W, on Weare prison, how much expenditure, and on what, would have been required to keep HMP Weare open. (133778)

An investment appraisal undertaken in January 2005 identified that a number of significant shortcomings would prevent the continued effective operation of the Weare as it lacked the necessary space for workshop, education and exercise facilities and required extensive refurbishment. In addition the living accommodation was unsuitable and much of it had limited access to natural light. The review estimated that to continue operation for another seven years with an improved regime would have cost around £60 million on a net present value (NPV) basis.