Proposed Port Talbot Prison

Look Again At Felindre As A More Appropriate Site To Locate The Prison

  It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. I thank the hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts) for securing this debate. The proposals for a new prison in my constituency have caused consternation among many local residents. Their frustration has been exacerbated by the Minister’s reluctance to visit the constituency and to hear the concerns of residents directly from them. Back in March, I warned the Minister that if he did not engage comprehensively with the local community, speculation would grow. Six months on, the Minister has failed to engage with the community, with the result that speculation is indeed rife, and there is guesswork and hearsay. When the Government fail to give us the information we need, what else do they expect? Continue reading

Response From Sam Gyimah MP

The latest response I have received from the Minister for Prisons, Sam Gyimah MP: Continue reading

Letter To Sam Gyimah On Proposed Prison In Port Talbot

My latest letter to Sam Gyimah about the Ministry of Justice's pans to build a prison in Port Talbot. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Expresses His Disappointment As Minister Turns Down Invite To Public Meeting

  Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has expressed his disappointment after Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah MP turned down the invitation to attend a public meeting on the proposed prison in Port Talbot.  In the first questions in Parliament after the summer recess, Mr Kinnock said, ‘The Minister’s plans to build a prison on the Baglan industrial park in my constituency are causing a huge amount of concern and disquiet with the community. Could I urge the Minister to come to the public meeting that I have organised on the 20th of September to explain the position to the community?’ Continue reading

Will the Minister come to the public meeting?

In the first Parliamentary questions after the summer recess I pressed the Minister for Prisons, Sam Gyimah, on whether he will be attending the public meeting on the proposed prison in Port Talbot. His response was disappointing Continue reading

Kinnock Invites Minister To Port Talbot To Meet Residents Over Proposed Prison Plans

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has invited Sam Gyimah to Port Talbot to meet residents at a public meeting to discuss the proposals for a prison in Port Talbot. The public meeting will take place on Wednesday 20 September at 7pm in the Aberavon Beach Hotel. Continue reading

My Invite To Sam Gyimah

I will be holding a public meeting on 20 September at the Aberavon Beach Hotel, starting at 7pm. I have invited Sam Gyimah MP, Minister for Prisons so he can directly engage with the local community on his plans for a prison in Baglan. Continue reading

Prisons Minister Response

Following my meeting with the Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah I received this letter from him: Continue reading

Letter to Sam Gyimah

After my meeting with Sam Gyimah MP, Minister for Prisons, I wrote to him asking him for clarification on some of the points discussed in the meeting. You can read my letter here: Continue reading

Questions To The Ministry Of Justice On The Proposed Prison For Port Talbot

Following the General Election I tabled a series of questions to the Ministry of Justice on their proposals to build a prison on land in the Baglan Industrial Park, these included the criteria for choosing the land, the process for determining the category of prisoner, and whether the prison would be run by a public or private operator. You can read the questions and the responses I received below. Continue reading