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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22928: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the revised total project cost of £80.5 million for HMP Highland is under review, in light of the operational date being pushed back from October 2021 to March 2023, and when specific funding provision will be confirmed.

Answered by: Ash Denham 15 May 2019

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

The costs for the construction of HMP Highland will have to be reviewed to take account of the new provisional operational date following the publication of the Scottish Government's Infrastructure Investment Plan's project pipeline update.

The Scottish Government and the Scottish Prison Service are committed to modernising and improving the prison estate. However, as with all substantial capital projects, the timescale for HMP Highland is dependent on sufficient capital funding being available.