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Female Prisoners: New Accommodation

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Which (a) new prisons, (b) former men's prisons and (c) wings in men's prisons have been opened as women's prisons since 1994 or are currently planned; and how many places each provides; and [HL3074]Which women's prisons or women's wings within men's prisons have been closed since 1994 or are to be closed under current plans. [HL3075]

The information requested is given in the tables.

Accommodation for Female Prisoners Opened since 1974
EstablishmentAccommodationOpened
WinchesterFemale training wing providing 66 places, replacing the male training wing which was closed in December 1994.March 1995
Brockhill1. A wing outside the main prison perimeter (42 places) was re-roled for female use.1. October 1995
2. The remainder of Brockhill was re-roled to female use providing an additional 117 places.2. September 1996
Eastwood ParkFemale prison providing 135 places to replace development at Pucklechurch.March 1996
HighpointHighpoint North re-roled for female use, providing 207 places.November 1996
Foston HallRe-roled to females providing 134 places.August 1997
SendRe-roled to femaleJune 1998

Accommodation for Female Prisoners Opened since 1974

Establishment

Accommodation

Opened

providing 80 places. More places will be provided over time.
DurhamH Wing will re-role to female providing an additional 80 places.Before end of 1998
Low NewtonThe work required to re-role Low Newton is currently being assessed.End of the financial year 1998–99

Accommodation for Female Prisoners closed since 1974

Establishment

Accommodation

Closed

PucklechurchThis establishment was closed and replaced with accommodation at Eastwood Park.February 1996
RisleyThe female accommodation at Risley will close and the new houseblock at Styal will provide accommodation for female prisoners currently held at Risley.August 1998