HC Deb 04 July 2002 vol 388 cc532-3W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons in England and Wales have been opened since January 1992; and when they first received prisoners. [66232]

Hilary Benn

The Prison Service records a prison's opening date as the date from which the prison receives its first prisoners. Since January 1992, 20 prisons have opened in England and Wales. These prisons are listed in the table.

Prison Opening date
Elmley February 1992
Bullingdon March 1992
Wolds April 1992
Holme House May 1992
Woodhill July 1992
Highdown August 1992
Lancaster Farms March 1993
Blakenhurst May 1993
Doncaster June 1994
Buckley Hall December 1994
Eastwood Park March 1996
Colchester February 1997
Weare July 1997
Parc November 1997

Prison Opening date
Altcourse December 1997
Lowdham Grange February 1998
Ashfield November 1999
Forest Bank January 2000
Rye Hill January 2001
Dovegate July 2001

Ashfield, Buckley Hall and Lowdham Grange are new establishments built on former prison sites. Eastwood Park was reopened following a major refurbishment after being closed in December 1992. Colchester opened in 1997 as a young offender institution. The establishment piloted a high intensity training camp regime and closed when the pilot finished in February 1998.

Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales have a whole life tariff. [66233]

Hilary Benn

There are at present 23 people in custody in England and Wales with whole life tariffs.