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Prisons: Population

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contingency plans they have made for when the prison population exceeds 80,000.[HL6461]

We have developed long-term strategic plans and, in support of this, we are reviewing contingency plans, which include a range of options to deal with short-term population pressures. We will ensure that places are available for those prisoners committed by the courts. We continue to actively investigate options for providing further increases in capacity.