§ Mr. Salmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what negotiations his Department is holding with any third party for the purchase of a prison ship; and if he will make a statement;527W
(2) what steps his Department has taken to commission the construction of a prison ship or negotiate with a third party for the commissioning of the construction of a prison ship; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The Scottish prison service has not been involved in any such negotiations; nor does it have any plans to acquire accommodation of this sort.