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Asked where we were up to regarding titan prisons, the PMS replied that the Ministry of Justice had been making the position quite clear; as Jack Straw had said in December in his statement to the House of Commons, ‘we are committed to the new prison places we announced in December and want to move forward with up to three titan prisons’. Jack Straw had also said in December that we would act on Lord Carter’s recommendations to build up to three large titan prisons. Lord Carter also said that there would obviously need to be consultation around exactly how we would do this and on issues such as getting the appropriate planning agreements and that was what Jack Straw had been referring to this morning.

Put that none of these prisons had been built yet and asked if sites had been earmarked, the PMS replied that we had only announced our intention to look at building them in December, so therefore it would have been quite a heroic achievement to have built them by now. The Ministry of Justice were working on identifying sites but clearly there would have to be the proper procedures in relation to the planning system. Lord Carter had said in his report in December that we would like to have one of these prisons in place by 2012, and that remained the position.

Asked if there was a budget, the PMS replied that all of these questions had been dealt with in December and nothing had changed since then.

Asked if the Government thought that the jails could cope if increased Stop and Search yielded lots of people carrying guns and knives, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had made clear, as had the Home Secretary, that the Government would do whatever was necessary in order to ensure that people felt safe on the streets. We were already increasing prison places this year by 2500 places and we had pledged further increases for years beyond that.

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