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Prisons: Finance

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what additional funding has been allocated to meet the (a) capital and (b) running costs of (i) the 8,000 new prison places announced by the former Home Secretary and (ii) the further 1,500 prison places announced by the former Lord Chancellor. (166556)

Estimated capital costs for the 8,000 place programme are around £1.5 billion and estimated annual running costs are expected to be around £0.35 billion once the programme is completed. No additional funding for this programme is, at present, required. Costs will be met by using existing resources and new funds from the Treasury.

Funding has been confirmed for the first 500 of the additional 1,500 places announced in June this year. Decisions on the remaining 1,000 places will be made after Lord Carter has completed his review on the supply and demand of prison places.