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Prisons: Dagenham

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what plans there are for providing emergency service access to the proposed prison at Beam Park West; (276047)

(2) how many prison service vehicles will require access to the Beam Park West site on a daily basis.

Emergency service access to the proposed prison at Beam Park West will be considered during the design process.

This prison would be a closed prison, holding category B or C prisoners. It is not intended that it should hold any category A (high security) prisoners, nor category D prisoners (low security, open prison). However, no decisions have yet been made on the function of the proposed prison. We are therefore currently unable to estimate how many HMPS vehicles will require access to the site each day.

Prior to the submission of planning permission, a public exhibition will be held detailing the proposals.