To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects to commence a second phase of market testing of existing prison establishments; and how many establishments are to be market tested; (2) how many existing prison establishments will be market tested within the year ending 31 March 1996. 
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Doug Hoyle, dated 23 October 1995:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about market testing within the Prison Service.
Information has already been given in the reply to the Question from Mr Gary Streeter on 24 May (No. 232). Final decisions on timing and the number of establishments to be market tested have not been taken.