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Prisons

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many new prison blocks have been commissioned in each of the last five years; and how many of them were commissioned under the private finance initiative model; (202529)

(2) how many new prisons have been commissioned in each of the last five years; and how many of them were commissioned under the private finance initiative model.

27 new prison accommodation units, which are now in use, have been commissioned since the 2003-04 financial year. Of these, two are in contracted prisons.

Financial year

Number of units in public sector prisons

Number of units in contracted prisons

2003-04

3

2

2004-05

5

0

2005-06

0

0

2006-07

15

0

2007-08

2

0

The contract signature for conversion works to commence at HMP Kennet, a public sector prison, took place in the financial year 2006-07. No other contracts for new prisons have been signed in the last five financial years.