The Government has announced that Hull Prison is to partially close as part of a major overhaul of prison estate.
It is considering creating Britain's biggest prison, which would house 2,000 inmates along with four new mini-prisons.
The aim is to bring the cost of running the prison system down. As a result six smaller, older and more expensive prisons would shut, and parts of three others, including some accommodation at Hull, would close.
We have to bring down the cost of our prison system, much of which is old and expensive. But I never want the Courts to be in a position where they cannot send a criminal to prison because there is no place available. So we have to move as fast as we can to replace the older parts of our prison system.
That’s why we are moving ahead with immediate plans for new prison capacity, as well as closing older and more expensive facilities.
It’s also why I am now moving ahead with planning for the next generation of new prisons.