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Prisons

Volume 572: debated on Wednesday 18 December 2013

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what capital expenditure projects his Department commissioned at (a) HMP Blundeston, (b) HMP Dorchester, (c) HMP Northallerton and (d) HMP Reading in each of the last five years; what the cost of each such project was; and if he will make a statement.

[Official Report, 8 October 2013, Vol. 568, c. 75-6W.]

Letter of correction from Jeremy Wright:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Wansbeck (Ian Lavery) on 8 October 2013.

The full answer given was as follows: (168199)

The following table shows the centrally-funded capital expenditure projects commissioned at HMP Blundeston, HMP/YOI Dorchester, HMP/YOI Northallerton and HMP/YOI Reading in each of the last five years and their cost. As at 6 September 2013 there have been no projects in those prisons in 2013/14. The total projected maintenance requirements for the four prisons over the next five years would have amounted to £17 million.

The Department needs to modernise the estate to provide prison capacity at much lower cost and in the right places to deliver our ambition of reducing re-offending. That is why MOJ are replacing older accommodation that is expensive to run with newer, cheaper and more efficient accommodation that will provide better value for money.

Year/Establishment

Project title

Total (£)

2012/13:

HMP/YOI Dorchester

Healthcare Unit

1,823,270

HMP/YOI Reading

Fire Alarm Upgrade

1,144,946

2011/12:

None

2010/11:

HMP Blundeston

Replace Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS)

1,774,311

HMP/YOI Dorchester

New Healthcare (cancelled scheme)

881,454

HMP Blundeston

Pipework and pumps

3,417,550

2009/10:

HMP Blundeston

Relocation/Expansion of laundry

2,450,457

2008/09:

HMP Blundeston

Repair/Replace roofs to B and D wings

420,891

Note:

The fire alarm upgrade at Reading began over a year before the decision to close the prison was taken and was initiated on recommendation from a fire safety inspection by the Crown Premises Inspection Group (CPIG). Due to the modular design of the new health care centre at Dorchester, commissioned in August 2011, it will be relocated to another part of the prison estate.

The correct answer should have been:

The following table shows the centrally-funded capital expenditure projects commissioned at HMP Blundeston, HMP/YOI Dorchester, HMP/YOI Northallerton and HMP/YOI Reading in each of the last five years and their cost.

Year/Establishment

Project title

Total (£ million)

2012/13:

HMP/YOI Dorchester

Healthcare Unit

1.5

HMP/YOI Reading

Fire Alarm Upgrade

1.0

2011/12:

None

2010/11:

HMP Blundeston

Replace Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS)

1.6

HMP/YOI Dorchester

Roofs and window grilles

0.5

2009/10:

HMP Blundeston

Replace Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS)

0.1

HMP/YOI Dorchester

Roofs and window grilles/replace visits building

1.8

2008/09:

HMP/YOI Dorchester

Roofs and window grilles/replace visits building

3.9

Note:

Figures rounded. The fire alarm upgrade at Reading began over a year before the decision to close the prison was taken and was initiated on recommendation from a fire safety inspection by the Crown Premises Inspection Group (CPIG). Due to the modular design of the new health care centre at Dorchester, commissioned in August 2011, it can be relocated to another part of the prison estate.