To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Welsh prison estate has sufficient capacity for the number of convicted offenders in Wales.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure there is an opportunity for (a) Parliamentary, (b) local community scrutiny of her Department's plans for a new prison in Port Talbot; and if she will make a statement.
The Government is investing £1.3bn to build up to 10,000 new prison places with better education facilities and other rehabilitative services.
As part of this programme, HM Prison Berwyn, a new rehabilitative male prison in North Wales, opened at the end of February 2017, providing 2,106 modern and efficient prison places. On 22 March 2017, my Rt Hon friend, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice announced plans for the building of four new prisons in England and Wales, replacing old and overcrowded establishments with new, and fit for purpose buildings. The plans include a new prison in Port Talbot in South Wales.
The Ministry of Justice has had a number of discussions with the Welsh Government and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in developing its plans for the Port Talbot site. The Government welcomes feedback on the development of its plans for the prison estate and will undertake public engagement events in Port Talbot. Opportunities for local residents, businesses and stakeholders to provide additional feedback is also available through the formal local planning application process. We will work with Parliamentary and Welsh Assembly colleagues in the development of these plans.