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Prison announcement is a huge boost for North Wales – Aled Roberts AM

June 27, 2013 10:39 AM

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, has welcomed the announcement by Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, that a new prison is to be built in North Wales.

Aled Roberts AM commented:

"When I met with the UK Government ministers some weeks ago, it was clear that the UK Government would consider their prison building programme as part of the spending review.

"Going back to when I was leader of Wrexham Council, I have argued that there is a strong case for a new prison to be located in North Wales. Such a facility will certainly bring considerable economic benefits to our region and could lead to the creation of over a thousand jobs. This investment will provide a significant economic boost in our region.

"When I spoke to the Ministry of Justice and Danny Alexander, it was clear that they were impressed by the business case put forward in favour of North Wales. I, alongside my Welsh Liberal Democrat colleagues, have been working tirelessly with Liberal Democrat Ministers in London to ensure a prison in North Wales would become a reality. Many across north Wales, including the six local authorities, have worked together on this bid and it shows what can be done when we work as a team."