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Prisons: Construction

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the estimated (a) total capital construction cost excluding operation and maintenance and (b) capital construction cost per prison place per year of lifespan excluding operation and maintenance is of each of the two planned 1,500 place prisons announced by his Department on 27 April 2009, should the prisons be delivered under similar contractual arrangements to current PFI prisons; (292392)

(2) how many new prison places have been brought on stream in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available; and what the estimated capital construction cost was per prison place per year of lifespan, excluding operation, maintenance and other costs.

The framework approach used by the Prison Service for the new 1,500 place prisons is designed to introduce real competition into the procurement process for each prison, and the construction and operating costs are a key part of our commercial strategy to ensure value for money. It is therefore not possible to reveal the estimated costs at this stage of the procurement.

The Core Capacity Programme aims to deliver approximately 12,500 places by 2012. The following table shows the number of places delivered in each month since October 2007 as part of this programme:

Number of places1

October 2007

0

November 2007

366

December 2007

60

January 2008

60

February 2008

100

March 2008

642

April 2008

240

May 2008

395

June 2008

240

July 2008

0

August 2008

102

September 2008

449

October 2008

132

November 2008

269

December 2008

106

January 2009

190

February 2009

92

March 2009

82

April 2009

29

May 2009

212

June 2009

29

July 2009

34

August 2009

41

September 2009

400

October 2009

0

1 Includes places delivered through new build accommodation, conversion of existing buildings and more effective use of the estate.

The average construction cost for the Core Capacity Programme (not all new build), including costs of providing ancillary facilities, and excluding running costs, is approximately £170,000 per place across the lifetime of the accommodation.