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Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what arrangements were made for the disposal of equipment, furniture and other assets belonging to HMP (a) Shepton Mallet, (b) Kingston, (c) Bullwood Hall, (d) Canterbury, (e) Gloucester, (f) Shrewsbury and (g) Camp Hill on the occasion of their closure;

(2) what the total value was of equipment and other assets disposed of due to the closure of HMP (a) Shepton Mallet, (b) Kingston, (c) Bullwood Hall, (d) Canterbury, (e) Gloucester, (f) Shrewsbury and (g) Camp Hill in each year since 2010.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In common with all Government Departments, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) must demonstrate value for money when disposing of public assets. NOMS takes very seriously the effective disposal of surplus equipment resulting from prison closures.

All portable and serviceable items (including equipment and furniture) are re-allocated to other prisons whenever it is practicable and economically viable to do so. As a last resort, equipment that is old, unserviceable, has little value or practical use (or its recovery is prohibitively expensive) is disposed of. This is always the last resort.

The only items that were disposed of were those deemed under Treasury rules to be of no value, unserviceable, had little value or practical use or its recovery was prohibitively expensive.

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