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Prison Accommodation

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places are planned to become available at each prison establishment through the opening of (a) existing, but non-functional, and (b) new wings; and if he will make a statement. (159437)

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 whilst having no significant net change on the number of places in use.

Over 1,100 new prison places have been delivered this year to date. This includes the conversion of a former secure hospital to a prison, Kennet, and expansions at the following prisons:

Lowdham Grange

Featherstone

Garth

Channings Wood

Altcourse

The Mount

Stocken

Planning permission has been granted for around 4,300 places at the following sites:

Acklington

Belmarsh East (new cluster prison on existing Belmarsh site)

Brinsford

Bullingdon

Coldingley

Dovegate

Haverigg

Highdown

Hindley

Lewes

Lindholme

Long Lartin

Maghull (new prison in Merseyside)

Nottingham

Parc

Portland

Rochester

The locations of the remaining places to be delivered as part of the new capacity building programmes are still subject to final decisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cells in the prison estate are not in use; and if he will make a statement. (159711)

At the end of September there were 1,650 places out of use in the prison estate to allow critical maintenance to be undertaken. These places may be located in single cells, double cells or shared rooms. This information is published monthly on the Prison Service website.