Government set to scrap Titan prison plans

·Proposals for three 2,500 capacity jails likely to be replaced with plans for five 1,500-place prisons.

The government is set to abandon plans for three 2,500-capacity Titan prisons, it emerged today.

The justice secretary, Jack Straw, is instead expected to announce plans for five 1,500-place jails on Monday.

Two of those are set to go ahead immediately.

Although sources denied the decision had anything to do with the budget or making savings, the scheme was identified in today's Guardian as one likely to be axed as a public spending squeeze puts pressure on government departments.

Other initiatives under threat are believed to include the identity card scheme, building a successor to the Trident missile and new military aircraft carriers.

"We have consulted on plans for new prisons and have listened carefully to all views," a Ministry of Justice spokesman said.

"The justice secretary will make a statement on this issue shortly, and we cannot comment further on speculation.

"Since 1997, the government has increased prison capacity by 24,000 places and we remain on course to increase the total number to 96,000 by 2014."

Source: guardian.co.uk

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