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Prison Accommodation

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places created since 1997 are in accommodation with an operational life expectancy of less than 10 years. (158342)

The modular temporary units providing 1,160 prison places, installed in the financial years 2002-03 and 2003-04, have an estimated life expectancy of less than 10 years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places created since 1997 have been created by putting more prisoners in existing cells. (158346)

Of the over 20,000 prison places provided since 1997, around 3,000 have been created by placing more prisoners in existing accommodation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many spaces in modular temporary units built between 2002 and 2006 the Ministry expects to reach the end of their useful operational life in each of the next five years. (158347)

Condition surveys are currently being undertaken to establish the condition of the modular temporary units provided in the years 2002-03 and 2003-04 and a forecast of each one’s remaining operational life.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison spaces are in modular temporary units; and how many of these have been in use for (a) more than five years, (b) between four and five years, (c) between three and four years and (d) less than three years. (158350)

The 1,160 prison places provided in modular temporary units were delivered between August 2002 and August 2003 and all units are still in use.