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Prison Accommodation

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many spaces in prisons in England and Wales are expected to be withdrawn in each of the next five years. (158348)

There is a planned rolling programme of refurbishment of accommodation across the prison estate. This allows the critical maintenance of the estate to be undertaken while having no significant net change on the number of places in use. Annually this means that between 1,500 and 2,000 places are out of use at any one time for essential work. We are not currently planning to withdraw any further accommodation in addition to these places.