HC Deb 08 January 2001 vol 360 cc431-2W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made with regard to the establishment of a prison in northern or central Wales; and if he will make a statement. [142645]

Mr. Boateng

The Prison Service currently has no plans to build a prison in northern or central Wales. The Prison Service view is that new prison development should primarily be concentrated in areas with the greatest shortage of places. Currently these are London, the English midlands and the north-west. We continue, however, to keep the situation under review.