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Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent projections are of the (a) uncrowded and (b) maximum capacity of prisons in each of the next five years. (150136)

The National Offender Management Service undertakes a rolling programme of refurbishment on the prison estate. As schemes come back into use following refurbishment, other schemes are taken forward and the accommodation is taken out of use.

Eight thousand new prison places were announced by the Home Secretary in July 2006 and a further 1,500 places by the Lord Chancellor on 19 June. The programme is still in the planning stages and the number of places to be provided beyond 2007 has not been finalised.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision has been made in his Department's budgets for capital works on the prison estate in 2007-08, broken down by (a) refurbishment, (b) newbuild on existing prison sites and (c) newbuild sites. (150143)

The total capital budget for prison capacity in 2007-08 is £475 million. This is broken down as follows:

(a) Refurbishment: £190 million;

(b) New build on existing prison sites: £257 million;

(c) New prisons: £28 million.