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Prisons: HMP Caernarvon

Volume 712: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the forecast cost of the proposed prison in Caernarvon; when the prison will be complete; and how many prisoners will be housed in the proposed prison. [HL4358]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs they forecast the building of the new prison in Caernarvon will create in the construction and related industries. [HL4359]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what stimulus they forecast the building of the prison in Caernarvon will give to the surrounding economy. [HL4360]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisons officers will be employed in the prison proposed for Caernarvon. [HL4361]

Proceeding with prison development on the Caernarvon site depends on the outcome of ongoing negotiations with the owner, confirmation that contamination on the site will not impede a prison development, and a successful application for outline planning permission.

No final decisions have been made on the size of the prison or the operational date. However, it is envisaged that the site could be developed to provide between 600 and 900 prison places.

The precise numbers of jobs created through construction and operation vary from prison to prison according to the size and type of prison. Previous studies have shown that a prison of 800 places will, on average, generate an income of over £7 million per year in the local economy and provide around 400 full-time jobs in operation, 250 from within the local area.