HL Deb 12 February 2004 vol 656 cc169-70WA
Lord Corbett of Castle Vale

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions have taken place between the Department for International Development and the Government of Jamaica on possible United Kingdom financial assistance towards the building of prisons to hold Jamaican nationals convicted of criminal offences in the United Kingdom. [HL1128]

Baroness Amos

There has been no official communication between the Government of Jamaica and the Department for International Development on the possibility of financial assistance to build any new prison in Jamaica.

In November 2002, the Minister for National Security spoke with international development partners concerning security issues and referred to the need for a new prison facility, but accepted that bilateral assistance from any donor was unlikely.