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Prison Accommodation

Justice written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much increased operational capacity in each prison in England and Wales is due to (a) new prison accommodation becoming available, (b) existing accommodation being returned to use, (c) an increase in multiple occupancy of prison cells and (d) other measures since 1 August 2011.

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

Between Friday 29 July and Friday 18 November 2011 the operational capacity of the total prison estate increased by 1,253 places. The following table shows the number of places during this period which were delivered as a result of (a) new prison accommodation becoming available, (b) existing accommodation being returned to use, (c) an increase in multiple occupancy of prison cells and (d) other measures.

Number
(a) new prison accommodation becoming available 338
(b) existing accommodation being returned to use 983
(c) an increase in multiple occupancy of prison cells 630
(d) other measures (these are places returning to use at Morton Hall following its change of function to an immigration removal centre) 108
Total 2,059

The table does not reflect those places that have been taken out of use during this period. Places can be taken out of use for a number of reasons. These include the recent operational closure of HMP Latchmere House and one house block at HMP Hewell. Other decreases are the result of accommodation being taken out of use for essential maintenance/refurbishment.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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