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Prisons: Essex

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places his Department expects to be available in Essex in each year from 2007 to 2012. (243904)

There are no plans at present to expand HMPYOI Chelmsford and HMPYOI Bullwood Hall, which have a combined operational capacity of 923.

We are currently undertaking searches for appropriate sites for three prison clusters (formerly known as Titans) in regions of high strategic need, including London and the South East, but no final decisions have yet been made.