Prisons

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 24 July 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his Department's announcement, Major new prison reform programme unveiled, published on 9 November 2015, what the timeframe is for each prison to open; and the number of prisons for which (a) work has begun (b) contracts been signed and (c) a decision on the finance mechanism has been made.

Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, by what date his Department plans the construction of HMP Glen Parva to have been concluded.

Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the date is by which the contract to build HMP Glen Parva will be put out to tender; and what will the timeline for that tender process is planned to be.

Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what model of private finance his Department plans to use in the contract to build HMP Glen Parva.

Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the lifetime cost of the building of HMP Glen Parva.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

As set out in the 2016 Prison Safety & Reform White Paper and 2017 manifesto, we remain committed to building up to 10,000 modern and decent prison places to replace old, expensive and unsuitable accommodation. We intend to build the first prison at Wellingborough through public capital, with construction work expected to begin late 2018 / early 2019 with completion projected for early 2021. We intend to build the second prison at Glen Parva using private finance.

We will explore funding routes, including private finance, for the delivery of the remaining prison places. The financing models, timetable and costs for these will be dependent on the relevant value for money and affordability tests, planning permissions and commercial negotiations. The government remains committed to the delivery of these places, which will enable governors to achieve better educational, training and rehabilitative outcomes.

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