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Prisons: Wind Power

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research on the effect on (a) prison security, (b) the well-being and health of prisoners and (c) the safety and health of prison staff from (i) noise from, (ii) vibration from and (iii) movement of wind turbines sited close to prisons. (257075)

As I said in my answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1403W, the Departments for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, are responsible for Government policy on wind turbines and therefore for research about their impact on residential property and businesses in close proximity to them. The National Offender Management Service already reviews the security implications of wind turbines sited close to prisons and will conduct appropriate health and safety risk assessments on wind turbines that are already in place.