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Prison Accommodation

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) certified normal accommodation and (b) operational capacity of prisons in England and Wales was in each year since 1997. (252823)

The following table provides the information requested. These details are taken from the end of year statistics provided by HM Prison Service.

Certified normal accommodation (CNA) and occupational capacity for prisons in England and Wales Since 1997

In-use CNA

Operational capacity

1997

58,876

65,787

1998

62,677

70,097

1999

62,492

70,226

2000

63,487

71,158

2001

63,999

72,016

2002

65,008

75,116

2003

66,758

77,162

2004

68,691

78,889

2005

69,607

80,283

2006

70,992

82,088

2007

72,252

83,955

2008

74,561

86,725