§ Mr. Moss
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he anticipates the new prison at March, Cambridgeshire, will be completed; what will be its final cost; what will be the number and type of inmates it will take; what will be the number of full-time prison warder staff, and the number of ancillary staff required; what will be the estimated total wage bill for the prison for all employees; and what is the starting date for recruitment of staff.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The new category B prison at March — to be known as Her Majesty's prison, Whitemoor — is expected to open in mid-1991 at a forecast capital cost of £34.9 million at current prices. The prison is designed for 522 inmates. It is estimated that 225 prison officer class and 70 locally recruited ancillary staff will be required to man the establishment at a total estimated annual salary cost of about £5 million at projected 1991 prices. The prison will be manned by serving and newly appointed officers, who will start to be posted in about the six-months period before the arrival of the first inmates; account has already been taken in forward plans of the need for the additional staff.