Prisons

Home Department written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Minister of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budgeted and (b) expected final costs are for the construction of HM Prison Bromsfield.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The prison under construction at Ashford, Middlesex is called HMP Bronzefield.

The prison is being procured through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Under the PFI process the overall contract price is fixed and includes both current construction and future operational costs. It will be paid back to the contractor as part of a unitary charge payable from when the prison opens in June 2004. It is the contractor who bears the risk of ensuring that its costs do not exceed its budget.

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