David Heath (Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice; Somerton and Frome, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent projections are of the (a) uncrowded and (b) maximum capacity of prisons in each of the next five years.
David Hanson (Minister of State, Ministry of Justice; Delyn, Labour)
The National Offender Management Service undertakes a rolling programme of refurbishment on the prison estate. As schemes come back into use following refurbishment, other schemes are taken forward and the accommodation is taken out of use.
Eight thousand new prison places were announced by the Home Secretary in July 2006 and a further 1,500 places by the Lord Chancellor on