§ Mr. Tierney
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will give details of the approved programme of refurbishing and redevelopment at Winson Green prison, Birmingham;
(2) if he will give details of current major building works to improve facilities at Winson Green prison and an outline of the other major schemes planned for future years.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
The current six year programme of major works for the years 1979 to 1984 includes 13 major projects for Birmingham prison. These projects are expected to cost at least £4 million. They include improving the hospital, upgrading the sanitation, a new pre-release hostel, new staff mess, new bachelor accommodation and a new complex of gate/visits facilities and administrative offices. In addition, there are the usual local programmes of maintenance and repair, together with any allocations for refurbishing and development which are made to Birmingham under the annual regional programme for projects costing not more than £30,000.