§ Lord Graham of Edmonton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their estimate of the costs of relocating the headquarters of Her Majesty's Prison Service for the years 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 respectively.
My right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced in January that he had accepted the recommendation of the joint Prison Service/PA Consulting Group team that the Prison Service Headquarters should be relocated to the Midlands. In their report, a copy of which is in the Library, the team had given some preliminary estimates of the scale of the investment which would be required in the short term in order to produce substantial financial savings in the longer term. Since January work has been proceeding on identifying particular options for the relocation but it is too early to give revised estimates of the expenditure which will need to be incurred during the lifeline of the project.