Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th September 2018.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September 2018 to Question 167333 on Prisons, what criteria his Department will use to classify existing prison accommodation that is least fit for purpose.

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

Through the Government’s Prison Estate Transformation Programme we are getting the basics right by building decent prisons to improve rehabilitation and create safe and secure environments for staff and offenders. The department is committed to delivering up to 10,000 modern prison places providing the physical conditions for Governors to achieve better educational, training and rehabilitative outcomes.

There are a variety of factors that inform decisions to classify prison accommodation as being unfit for purpose. These include physical condition, age, cost of maintenance and/or operation, strategic fit with demand and needs of the prisoner population, rehabilitative suitability, access to services and the number of hours a prisoner would spend in their cell.

No further decisions have been made about future prison closures beyond those which have already been announced.

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