Ministry of Justice made ’tough decisions’ to meet the required 50% cut in capital spending

The Ministry of Defence capital spending cuts of 7.5% were not unexpected. About £350m will be cut each year from Defence Estates budget through estate rationalisation, and the £14bn St Athan training academy has been scrapped.

The Ministry of Justice said it had to make “tough decisions” to meet the 50% cut in capital spending, and plans to build a new 1,500-place prison scrapped its London estate was reduced from 18 to four buildings.

On the other hand, there was £1.3bn capital funding for maintaining the estate and for new capacity.