HC Deb 20 June 1997 vol 296 c314W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the siting of a new prison is an operational matter for the chief executive of the Prison Service. [3787]

Ms Joyce Quin

Yes. A preliminary decision on where to build a new prison is taken following strategic research to determine the geographic area of greatest need. A decision to proceed with a site identified for prison development is then dependent upon widespread public consultation and appropriate planning approval.