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Prison Accommodation: Wales

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of prison accommodation in Wales. (323397)

Our most recent assessment of prison accommodation in Wales was given to the Welsh Affairs Committee in November 2009. This highlighted that North Wales is an area of strategic need for prison places within the prison estate and we are conducting a site search for a new prison in this area as well as other areas of strategic need such as London and the south-east, West Yorkshire and the north-west. We are looking to increase capacity in South Wales through the provision of a further 330 prison places at HMP Parc.