HC Deb 14 November 1997 vol 300 c689W
Mr. Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which site in the Colchester area was investigated about two years ago for a new prison; and which further site is currently being assessed. [15027]

Ms Quin

The site investigated about two years ago was the former Moler Works in the Hythe area to the south of Colchester. It was immediately rejected as unsuitable.

The site which is currently being assessed is not yet on the open market and it would be inappropriate to identify it at this stage. If the Prison Service considers that it offers potential, and there is a real prospect of its being used for prison purposes, I will write to the hon. Member.