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S5W-12681: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what investment it is making at HMP Dumfries, and what future investment it plans.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 24 November 2017

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

The general day-to-day maintenance activities – planned, preventative and reactive repairs – are included in running cost for the Estates team based at HMP Dumfries. The level of general maintenance activity carried out is consistent with the remainder of the prison estate.

In addition to general maintenance, there is also a 5 year programme of future maintenance and replacement works. The plan for HMP Dumfries, as prepared in November 2017 includes the following budget costs:

2017-18 - £327,218

2018-19 - £472,000

2019-20 - £601,875

2020-21 - £545,000

2021-22 - £715,000

This 5 year plan is a ‘rolling programme’ of proposed works and is subject to review annually with regard to the overall current maintenance budget and intended future funding of the maintenance budget for the Estate. The figures beyond 2017-18 may be liable to change depending on the risks identified at the time of the annual review and priorities. There is also a concurrent programme for the upgrading of specialist security systems which includes spend of £50,000 in 2017-18 and further work valued at £96,000 for 2018-19.

SPS has invested in a programme of works to reduce carbon emissions and HMP Dumfries is included within this programme. In 2017-18, a total of £115,400 is being invested in building energy controls and LED lighting replacement projects and in 2018-19 an installation of photovoltaics is anticipated with a budget of £37,500. Future investment at HMP Dumfries for projects to reduce energy and carbon emissions are likely beyond next year.