Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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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, how much his Department has (a) spent to date and (b) plans to spend in relation to prisons to prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Delivering a revised deal negotiated with the EU remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. The Government is accelerating no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

The Ministry of Justice was allocated £17.3m in 18/19 and £30m in 19/20 from HMT specifically for EU-related activities. Robust plans are in place to ensure EU Exit related allocations are spent in an appropriate and efficient way across all business areas in the MoJ. This has allowed the department to prepare effectively for the potential impact on prisons, in any EU exit scenario.

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