To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new prison places have been created in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available; and what the estimated capital construction cost was per prison place per year of lifespan of the prison concerned, excluding operation, maintenance and other costs.
The following table shows how many new prison places have been created in England and Wales in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available.
|Number of places( 1)|
|(1) Includes places delivered through new build accommodation, conversion of existing buildings and more effective use of the estate.|
The average construction cost for new prison places, including costs of providing ancillary facilities, and excluding running costs, is approximately £170,000 per place across the lifetime of the accommodation.