Sadiq Khan – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Sadiq Khan on 2014-03-31.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funds his Department has spent on preparing HM Prison the Verne for re-role as an immigration detention centre to date.

Jeremy Wright

The Ministry Justice has not spent any additional money to date in preparing HM Prison The Verne to hold immigration detainees. However, the Home Office has funded infrastructure changes to make the site suitable for holding immigration detainees. These changes have allowed for early and cost-efficient preparation for its change of use while continuing to allow The Verne to operate as a prison.