(2) on what date his Department (a) decided to acquire, (b) acquired and (c) took unencumbered possession of RAF Coltishall; and on what date (i) construction on the site began and (ii) he expects the first prisoners to be received at HM Prison Coltishall.
In response to Lord Carter's report, “Securing the Future: Proposals for the Efficient and Sustainable Use of Custody in England and Wales” in January 2008 Ministers agreed to the acquisition of the former RAF Coltishall site in Norfolk for conversion to a prison.
The site had previously been under consideration by the Home Office as immigration detention centre since 2006 and the Ministry of Justice acquired the site from the UK Border Agency in March 2008.
The work which did not require planning approval began in April 2008. Work requiring approval began in February 2009.
The prison is due to receive the first 259 prisoners in November 2009 and become fully operational by spring 2010.