§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new prisons have been built since 1997; and how many have had buildings modernised. 
§ Hilary Benn
[holding answer 4 July 2002]Since 1997, eight new prisons have been built and opened which are:
Year New prisons 1997 Altcourse Liverpool, Merseyside 1997 Parc Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan 1998 Lowdham Nottingham 1999 Weare1 Portland, Dorset 2000 Forest Bank Manchester 2000 Ashfield Bristol, Avon 2000 Dovergate Uttoxeter, Staffordshire 2001 Rye Hill Rugby, Warwickshire 1Floating facility
Since 1997, the Prison Service has built new accommodation blocks at: Acklington, Ashwell, Aylesbury, Bullingdon, Bullwood Hall, Castington, Deerbolt, Downview, Eastwood Park, Elmley, Erlestoke, Foston Hall, Frankland, Garth, Guys Marsh, Highpoint, Holme House, Huntercombe, Kirklevington, Littlehey, Long Lartin, Moorland, Mount, New Hall, Nottingham, Norwich, Onley, Ranby, Send, Spring Hill, Stocken, Stoke Heath, Styal, Swaleside, Swinfen Hall, Wayland, Wealstun, Wellingborough, Werrington and Wetherby. Projects in progress not included.
Since 1997, the Prison Service has modernised accommodation in the form of refurbishments or replacements at: Aylesbury, Brixton, Camp Hill, Canterbury, Cardiff, Castington, Feltham, Haverigg, Kingston, Kirkham, Leeds, Lewes, Lincoln, Parkhurst, Pentonville, Stoke Heath, Wakefield, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs. Projects in progress not included.