HC Deb 05 May 1960 vol 622 c91W
54. Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the present lease of Dartmoor Prison began; when it is due to end; what is the annual ground rent; and whether all buildings, including recent construction, will revert to the ground landlord at the end of the lease.

Mr. Vosper

The first lease began in 1850. The current lease ends in 1970, but it may be terminated earlier by the Prison Commissioners on 28th September in any year if two years' prior notice is given. The annual ground rent is £2,000, excluding rates. If the lease terminated without renewal the buildings would revert to the ground landlord, but their future would be a subject for discussion by all concerned.

Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new buildings have been erected at Dartmoor Prison in each of the last 10 years; and what has been the total cost in each year.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The following is the information:

Year Total cost in the year
1950–51 Nill Nil
1951–52 104 new "Cornish Unit" quarters for prison staff 45,500
1952–53 55,000
1953–54 3,150
1954–55 29,700
1955–56 4,150
1956–57 Brick stack for boiler house 1,500
1957–58 Boiler house (begun) 29,565
Bath house (begun)
12 "Cornish Unit" quarters (begun)
1958–59 Boiler house (continued) 21,735
Bath House (continued)
12 "Cornish Unit" quar-ters (continued)
1959–60 Boiler house (continued) 7,650
Bath house (continued)
Filtration house
Bull pens
Total for 10 years £197,950