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Prisons

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) the land and sites for and (b) the building of the three titan prisons announced on 5 December 2007; and whether funding to cover these costs has been allocated to his Department. (178559)

The cost of the land and sites for the Titan prisons has been estimated at £122 million, and funding for this has been provisionally earmarked.

The cost of construction of the Titan prisons has been estimated to be around £350 million each at 2007-08 prices.

As I informed the Joint Select Committee on 17 December 2007 the cost of building and operating the Titan prisons, which will be post 2011 spending review period, will be subject to the usual Comprehensive Spending Review processes.