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Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans her Department has to increase the capacity of prisons in England and Wales. (141805)

A new capacity-building programme which will deliver 8,000 new prison places by 2012 was announced as part of the Criminal Justice Review in July 2006.

The 8,000-place programme comes on top of already planned expansions at existing prisons.

Overall, in 2007, capacity will increase by around 2,200 places.