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Private Prisons

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if prison inmates in privately-run prisons will be able to petition against governor's adjudications in such prisons; to whom they will make their application; and if he will make a statement.

Disciplinary proceedings at privately-run prisons will be the responsibility of the on-site controller, a crown servant. Inmates will be able to appeal to the head of the remands contracts unit, a division in prison service headquarters, against an adjudication.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will require privately run prisons to produce annual reports; to whom those reports will be sent; and who will be able to take action upon recommendations made in such a report.

Private contractors who are responsible for managing prisons will not be required to produce an annual report. Instead they will have to provide regular management information to the on-site controller, a crown servant who will be monitoring their performance to ensure that they comply with the terms of the contract.