To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that there are sufficient prison places to accommodate people who receive custodial sentences.
1 July 2014
We are building new accommodation at four existing prisons, changing the role of prisons we do not need for their original purpose, and bringing back into use capacity we did not need in the past. As a result, 2,000 additional prison places will have been opened by April next year, and there will be more adult male prison places at the end of this Parliament than this Government inherited.
A new 2,000 place prison in Wrexham will also be opened in 2017.