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Prison Accommodation

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3691, tabled on 29 April 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government at which prisons temporary cells are being created; and how many temporary cells are to be provided in each such prison.

Answered on

14 May 2020

Further to the statement I made during the debate on 23 April relating to this issue, I can confirm that as of 11 May nearly 450 cells have been delivered to 13 HMPPS sites. The below table shows the number of cells we have agreed to deploy at each site and how many have currently been delivered:

Site

Number of Cells Agreed

Number of Cells Delivered to date

Askham Grange

48

48

Coldingley

48

48

Foston Hall

34

0

Guys Marsh

24

0

Hatfield

36

36

Highpoint

24

24

Hollesley Bay

24

24

Kirkham

86

0

Kirklevington Grange

24

24

Lindholme

24

24

Littlehey

24

24

Moorland

48

48

North Sea Camp

48

48

Prescoed

40

36

Stafford

15

15

Sudbury

80

0

The Verne

24

0

Wymott

48

48

Grand Total

699

447

The former Medway Secure Training Centre, has been brought back into operation temporarily as an annex to HMP/YOI Rochester. The location, which is the site of the first secure school, will provide temporary accommodation for 70 category D adult males, with provision managed by HMPPS and staffed by HMPPS officers. The first men were received on 29 April.

Our ambition is to secure and install around 2,000 additional cells to help contain the spread of COVID-19 within our prisons. These cells are a temporary measure to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Prisoners will return to their usual accommodation arrangements when safe to do so. Once the units are no longer required they will be removed.

We continue to consider other suitable locations based on whether extra accommodation is needed and if there is sufficient space.