To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) what estimate he has made of the likely income from the sale of HMP (a) Blundeston, (b) Dorchester, (c) Northallerton and (d) Reading;
(2) who owns the (a) building and (b) land at HMP (i) Blundeston, (ii) Dorchester, (iii) Northallerton and (iiv) Reading;
(3) what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with companies or organisations in relation to the sale or purchase of HM Prison (i) Blundeston, (ii) Dorchester, (iii) Northallerton and (iv) Reading.
The Ministry of Justice owns the prison sites at Blundeston, Dorchester, Northallerton and Reading.
Once the prisons have closed, consideration will be given to potential future uses and disposal of the sites. No meetings with companies or organisations have yet taken place.
The market value of each of the sites has not been formally assessed. We seek to gain best value from the sale of all surplus assets.