HC Deb 24 January 2000 vol 343 c21W
Mr. Wilshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the decision was taken to alter the plans for a 650 bed male prison at Ashford, Middlesex, to a 450 bed female prison. [106175]

Mr. Boateng

Ministerial endorsement to the construction on the Ashford site of a 450 place prison to hold female prisoners was formally given in March 1998.