David Stewart MSP

David Stewart urges Scottish Government to press ahead with new Inverness prison

26 November 2010

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart has urged the Scottish Government to press ahead with plans for a desperately needed new prison in Inverness.
He was speaking after receiving written replies from Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill to his questions about the cost and timetable of the scheme.
The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is seeking a site in the Highland capital to house HMP Highland – a jail that can take all categories of inmates, including women and young offenders.
It will replace 116-year-old Porterfield Prison which is dangerously overcrowded and situated in a city-centre residential area so therefore has no room to expand.
Mr MacAskill has revealed that the SPS is still looking for a suitable site in Inverness for the new prison, which is expected to cost about £60million to build.
He has also indicated that the project is unlikely to get under way until at least 2012-13.
Mr Stewart, who visited the current Inverness prison recently with Education Minister Des McNulty, said: “While there are obviously constraints on Scottish Government spending at the
moment I do think there is a pressing need for the construction of HMP Highland to get under way as soon as possible.
“Overcrowding has been an issue at Inverness prison for a number of years and it should be resolved as soon as possible.”

Mr Stewart’s questions and replies from Mr MacAskill are as follows:

David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the planned annual expenditure on HMP Highland will be over the projected time span of the
construction period.

David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether the planned expenditure on HMP Highland will be financed from the capital budget of the Scottish Prison Service.

David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the planned completion dates are for each phase of the construction of HMP Highland

Mr Kenny MacAskill :

I have asked John Ewing, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:
The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is committed to building HMP Highland as a replacement for HMP Inverness. The SPS is currently seeking a site for this development.
Timing and phasing of expenditure is subject to SPS acquiring a suitable site and securing planning permission. The construction period is expected to be around 18­24 months. The
project, which is expected to be funded from the SPS capital budget, is expected to cost around £60m – actual cost will depend on the market conditions prevailing at the time that
bids are submitted. The distribution of expenditure between financial years will depend on the timing of planning permission, availability of the site, award of contract and the contractual works programme. No substantive expenditure is planned

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