Future of Haslar Immigration Removal Centre unclear

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A DECISION is yet to be made on the future of a former immigration removal centre.

As part of chancellor George Osborne’s spending review, prisons in England will be looked at with nine new ones being built and closed sites possibly being converted into housing.

But the spending plans, due on November 25, do not include a definitive future for the Haslar centre in Gosport.

As revealed in The News in March, staff were told the detention centre could open as a prison in 2016.

But the Ministry of Justice said no decision has been made about development at the centre.

Currently, along with five other closed sites, it remains available in case there is an urgent need for prison accommodation.

The report confirms five of the new prisons will be built by 2020.