To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the successful tender for the purchase of the land at the site of former HM Prison Holloway for using that land to build (a) genuinely affordable housing and (b) social housing.
The Government set out its ambition for a reformed prison estate in the November 2016 Prison Safety and Reform White Paper. Our reforms will close down ageing and ineffective prisons and replace them with buildings fit for today’s demands. Our new prison estate will create the physical conditions for Governors to achieve better educational, training and rehabilitation outcomes.
My officials are in regular contact with the Department for Communities and Local Government about the progress of the public sector land programme. The bids for the former Holloway prison and young offender institution have been received and we will be evaluating them. They are commercially sensitive and no decision has been made on the successful tenderer.