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Prison Accommodation

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions or meetings Ministers or officials in his Department had with the Home Office on the use or transfer of the Immigration Detention Estate for use in housing prisoners. (156974)

The Ministry of Justice and the Home Office hold regular discussions on a range of estate issues.

There are no immediate plans to use or transfer any part of the Immigration Estate to prison use.

The National Offender Management Service closely monitors the prison population and continues to investigate options for providing further increases in capacity.