§ Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional prison places have been provided and at what cost in each of the last 10 years; and what the average cost of building a new prison place is. 
§ Paul Goggins
The following table gives information on the number of additional places and an estimate of the cumulative cost of providing them, from 1995 onwards: this is the earliest date for which information is available. The data includes places both at new prisons and those provided at existing prisons by building houseblocks, Ready to Use Units (RTUs) and Modular Temporary Units (MTUs). It does not take into account any places taken out of use, or places provided by subsequent overcrowding.
Costs are based on an estimate of the total capital and cumulative operating costs and includes new prisons provided under the Private Finance Initiative. The average cost of building a new prison place is around £100,000. This is an average unit cost for providing public sector prison places through houseblocks and RTUs.
Places Cost (£ million) 1995–96 1,165 103 1996–97 1,857 206 1997–98 4,635 231 1998–99 1,697 258 1999–2000 2,071 225 2000–01 800 264 2001–02 1,103 317 2002–03 1,902 426
§ Mr. Stinchcombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the entrants to detoxification programmes in prisons in England and Wales in 2001–02, what proportion were completed; what proportion were carried out in designated prison health centres; and what the average duration was. 877W
§ Paul Goggins
The current practice is to recommend nine to 10 day programmes for the clinical management of opiate with drawal and seven-day programmes in respect of alcohol. All such recommended timescales are kept under review in the light of developments in clinical practice.
Information about the proportion of detoxifications started and completed is not available centrally. Between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002, 41,916 drug and alcohol detoxifications were carried out. Unless there are compounding risk factors, it is not generally necessary for the treatment to be carried out in prison health centres. During 2003–04,the Prison Service is establishing new detoxification units at eight establishments with the capacity to undertake over 9,000 treatments a year. The clinical effectiveness of the programmes provided will be evaluated.
During 2003–04, the Prison Service is establishing new detoxification units at eight establishments with the capacity to undertake over 9,000 treatments a year. The clinical effectiveness of the programmes provided will be evaluated.