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Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) of 6 March, Official Report, column 699, if he will provide figures for his Department's PFI projects in the same form as used by the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in his answer to the hon. Member for Darlington of 6 March, Official Report, columns 692-93.[20388]

Mr. Howard: A breakdown by project of the Home Office's private finance initiative schemes, as identified in table 5.5 of the Red Book, is given in table 1. Current estimates for the projects are shown in table 2.

Table 1: Red Book figures

£ million
Estimated capital investment1997-981998-991999-2000Total
Bridgend Prison37.00037.0
Fazakerley Prison37.00037.0
Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) caseworking information technology system21.00021.0
Lowdham Grange Prison24.00024.0
Home Office Large Major Enquiry System II (information technology system)0.5000.5
Cookham Wood, Secure Training Centre (STC)6.0006.0
Gringley (STC)10.00010.0
Medomsley (STC)5.05.0010.0
Onley (STC)5.05.0010.0
STC 55.05.0010.0
Design, Construct, Manage and Finance (DCMF) 3 (Prison)6.037.037.080.0
DCMF 4 (Prison)06.037.043.0
IND Detention Accommodation (South East District)1.0001.0
IND Detention Accommodation (Heathrow)014.0014.0
Home Office SW1 estate10.030.010.050.0
Prisons/boilerhouses9.03.0012.0
Prisons/kitchens8.0008.0
Prisons/heath centres3.0003.0
Prisons major refurbishments12.012.0024.0
Prisons/other2.0002.0
Prisons/health information technology06.006.0
Public Safety Radio Communications Project010.040.050.0
Total201.5133.0124.0458.5

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Table 2: Current revised figures

£ million
1997-981998-991990-00Total
Bridgend prison35.00035.0
Fazakerley prison41.00041.0
Immigration and nationality directorate (IND) caseworking information technology system21.00021.0
Lowdham grange prison24.00024.0
Home office large major enquiry system II (information technology system)0.5000.5
Cookham wood, secure training centre (STC)7.0007.0
Gringley (STC)10.00010.0
Medomsley (STC)3.07.0010.0
Onley (STC)10.00010.0
STC 52.08.0010.0
Design, Construct, Manage and Finance (DCMF) 3 (Prison) 6.035.035.076.0
DCMF 4 (Prison)6.035.035.076.0
IND detention accommodation (South East District)1.0001.0
IND detention accommodation (Heathrow) 014.0014.0
Home Office SW1 estate10.030.010.050.0
Prisons/boilerhouses12.09.09.030.0
Prisons/kitchens10.06.06.022.0
Prisons/health centres01.01.02.0
Prisons/other2.02.02.06.0
Prisons/health information technology06.006.0
Public safety radio communications project0104050
Total200.5163138501.5

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Special Secure Units

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 27 February, Official Report, columns 289-90, if he will list those recommendations which have been implemented through amendments to the SSU operating standards; if he will introduce a system of open visits which incorporates measures to prevent the smuggling of unauthorised items to prisoners; and if he will make a statement. [20365]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Pearson to Dr. Norman A. Godman, dated 17 March 1997:





















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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place (a) the 1989 Home Office research and planning unit report into special secure units and (b) the 1990 report of the board of visitors of HMP Leicester on the special secure unit in the Library. [20058]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. Kevin McNamara, dated 17 March 1997:



Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if provision of a minimum period of undisturbed rest within a reasonably dark environment for the purpose of sleep is a right or a privilege within a special secure unit; and what opportunities are available to a prisoner to complain about frequent or unnecessary interruptions of their pattern of sleep. [19940]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. Kevin McNamara, dated 17 March 1997:





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