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Prison Accommodation

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice in which prisons each of the 20,000 new places provided in the last 10 years were located; and when the contracts in respect of these places were let. (137114)

Of the 20,000 places provided in the prison estate since 1997, around 17,000 are new build places. Around 3,000 places have been provided as crowded accommodation within the newly built places.

Nine new prisons have opened since 1997, providing around 6,000 of the 17,000 new build places. The contract dates for each are shown in the following table.

Establishment

Contract date

Pare

4 January 1996

Altcourse

20 December 1995

Lowdham Grange

7 November 1996

Ashfield

1 July 1998

Forest Bank

6 July 1998

Rye Hill

23 July 1999

Dovegate

27 September 1999

Bronzefield

20 December 2002

Peterborough

4 February 2003

Since 1997 there have also been expansions within around 80 existing prisons providing approximately 11,000 new places of the 17,000.