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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the contracts made between his Department and all contractors relating to the (a) construction, (b) administration and operation and (c) insurance of the Yarlswood removal centre.[129680]

The contract to design build and operate the Yarlswood Immigration Removal Centre was awarded to Group 4 Amey Immigration Ltd. (GAIL) following a competitive tender. Each contract has to be considered individually and a range of tests applied to ascertain if its disclosure would adversely affect the parties involved. At present, the contract is being amended to enable the refurbishment and revised operation of the centre. Once these amendments are finalised, I will ensure that a copy of the contract is placed in the Library in due course, provided that it meets the test above.