Prison Accommodation

Justice written question – answered on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the certified normal accommodation and operational capacity is planned to be for each prison establishment on 29 August 2014.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Prison numbers fluctuate throughout the year and we have sufficient accommodation for the current and expected population

Sensible measures have been taken to ensure that we will have sufficient capacity to deal with the projected level of the population. These measures include identifying additional places in prisons that can provide safe and decent conditions if required. This is a proportionate measure to ensure that we are able to hold all of those committed to custody by the courts.

Decisions on the number of such spaces required and the effect this will have on each prison’s certified normal accommodation and operational capacity will depend on the current and projected prison population, including an assessment of the necessary margin to manage population fluctuations.

Individual prison population and capacity information for every prison in England and Wales is published monthly on the Ministry of Justice website at:

We will end this Parliament with more adult male prison places than we inherited, more hours of work in prisons than we inherited, more education for young detainees than we inherited and a more modern, cost effective prison estate than we inherited.

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