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Prisoners

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the size of the prison population; and what estimate he has made of the number of prison places in each of the next five years. (298494)

The prison population on 6 November was 84,522. The latest prison population projections were published on 28 August and are available on the Ministry of Justice website. The high, medium and low projected figures of the prison population for each of the next five years are shown in the following table (end of June figures):

High

Medium

Low

2010

85,700

84,900

83,900

2011

88,600

86,900

84,900

2012

90,200

87,700

84,900

2013

91,100

87,600

84,000

2014

92,400

88,000

83,500

2015

93,900

88,700

83,300

Note:

Data rounded to the nearest 100.

The Ministry of Justice aims to increase capacity to 96,000 prison places net by 2014. We aim to deliver an additional 1,725 places in 2009. 3,000 places are currently planned for delivery in 2010. In addition we plan a further 1,605 place prison to be operational in 2012. The precise numbers and delivery timings will depend on construction schedules and prioritisation within the prison estate.