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Eastwood Park Prison: Mother and Baby Units

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL5777, tabled on 22 February 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the Mother and Baby Unit at Eastwood Park Prison was closed.

Answered on

8 March 2018

The mother and baby unit (MBU) at Eastwood Park has been out of commission since October 2016, owing to flooding caused by a burst pipe. We are planning to complete refurbishment by May, with re-occupation in late June/early July.

While the MBU remains out of use, any women at the prison whose application for a MBU place is accepted can be accommodated in one of the other five units within the women’s prison estate.

We are committed to doing all we can to address the issues around female offending so we can better protect the public and deliver more effective rehabilitation.