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Prisons: Construction

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL1213, tabled on 8 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new additional capacity in the adult prison estate is (1) planned or (2) under construction; in which prisons; how many additional units will be created; and when each additional space will be ready for use.

Answered on

21 July 2015

This Government is committed to making further savings by closing old, inefficient prisons and building larger, modern and fit for purpose ones.

We have recently delivered 1,250 new places at four new house-blocks (at Peterborough, Parc, Thameside and The Mount prisons).

We are constructing a new 2,106 place prison for North Wales in Wrexham, to be opened in 2017. This will be a modern, purpose-built institution; safe, decent and secure and effective in helping prisoners deal with their offending and develop the work, education and life skills that they need to effectively rehabilitate.

We are committed to ensuring that there are enough places for offenders sentenced to custody by the courts. Decisions on the future size of the prison estate will reflect the current and projected prison population