HC Deb 26 January 1998 vol 305 cc52-3W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 20 January 1998,Official Report, column 514, if he will make available a list of the sites in the north-west assessed for possible future prison development, together with the results of those assessments. [25344]

Ms Quin

The majority of the 81 sites involved were rejected as unsuitable at an early stage. Those which offer potential are either being pursued publicly, such as at Winwick, or have yet to be assessed in more detail. The Prison Service does not identify possible sites for new prisons until it has reached the stage where it has decided to pursue planning clearance. At this stage, the concerned hon. Member will be informed.