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Prisons: North Wales

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what projects under what budget headings were funded by the £324,000 plus value added tax spent on due diligence work in connection with the proposed prison site at Caernarfon. (303836)

Due diligence expenditure on the Dynamex, Caernarfon site fell under three main headings: legal, environmental assessment/valuation, and independent valuation.

The actual expenditure to date on due diligence work is £228,261 plus VAT. The quoted figure of £324,000 plus VAT was the amount originally budgeted for the work.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects to announce his decision on the site of a new prison in North Wales; (303837)

(2) how many sites for a new prison in North Wales his Department is considering.

A fresh site search was announced on 27 October 2009 for further sites for new prisons. This will focus in or near areas where the demand for prison places is greatest, including North Wales. Potential sites are in the process of being identified and a shortlist will be drawn up and published in spring 2010.