HC Deb 20 May 1960 vol 623 c148W
The Rev. LI. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the completion dates for the new prisons now being built; and how much extra accommodation they will provide.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Secure prisons for men are under construction or are planned for erection on the following sites:

Location Estimated date of completion Number of prisoners
Hindley, Lanes End of 1961. 300
Grendon Underwood, Bucks. (psychiatric prison). Early in 1962. 250 (plus 50 women and 50 borstal boys).
Blundeston, Suffolk End of 1962. 300
Tern Hill, Salop Autumn, 1963. 300

Premises at the following sites are being or will be adapted for use as open prisons for men:

Location Estimated date of completion Number of prisoners
Thorp Arch, Yorks. Autumn, 1960. 250
Appleton Thorn, Lanes. End of 1960. 300
Ford, Sussex (semi-secure prison). Summer, 1961 450 to 600
Kirkham, Lanes. Spring, 1962. 450

Parts of Thorp Arch and Ford Prisons are already occupied.

In addition the Styal Cottage Homes, near Manchester, are to be adapted as a semi-secure prison for 200 women. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 1961.