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Prisons: Wind Power

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have made to (i) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (ii) the Department for Energy and Climate Change on issues arising from the proposed siting of wind turbines near prisons; and if he will make a statement. (253821)

No direct representations have been made by Ministers or officials to the Department for Communities and Local Government or the Department for Energy and Climate Change on issues arising from the proposed siting of wind turbines near prisons. Officials would however comment on proposals submitted to them from local planning authorities such as in the case of HMP Whitemoor and would approach local authority planning departments about any Ministry proposals to erect wind turbines on prison land. Officials are liaising with the Carbon Trust regarding potential prison land for the erection of wind turbines.