Gordon Brown yesterday moved to quash suggestions that plans to build three new 'super' prisons would not go ahead.
Responding to a question in parliament, he said they will go ahead following a planned consultation.
Earlier in the day, justice minister Jack Straw had said they would "not definitely" be built, after a report from the chief inspector of prisons claimed that building new capacity should not be a priority for the prisons service.
Straw also added that planning permission had not yet been granted for the new facilities.
The financing model to be used for the new prisons is still up for discussion, with PFI among the options thought to be being considered.
Source: Infrastructure Journal