Prison Accommodation

Justice written question – answered on 13th September 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

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.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

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)
2008
July 0
August 102
September 449
October 132
November 269
December 106
2009
January 190
February 92
March 82
April 29
May 212
June 29
July 34
August 41
September 400
October 0
November 523
December 77
2010
January 720
February 274
March 566
April 332
May 533
June 70
July 857
August 41
(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.

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