HC Deb 09 March 1966 vol 725 c2087
17. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what expenditure is planned on police and prisons in Scotland to the year 1970–71.

Mr. Willis

Over £120 million in the period 1965–66 to 1969–70 at 1965 prices. Expenditure in 1970–71 has not yet been estimated.

Lady Tweedsmuir

Will the hon. Gentleman tell us what prison building is proposed in this estimate, particularly of remand centres, to relieve the present overcrowding in prisons? Secondly, is he aware that the people of Scotland will be astonished at his last remark that he is not aware that the people of Scotland are concerned about crime?

Mr. Willis

I did not say that. With regard to prison building, we have a programme of prison extensions and alterations, and we hope to build a new prison very shortly, all of which will help to relieve the present situation in Scottish prisons.