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Departments: PFI

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which future projects his Department is considering a private finance initiative deal; what the estimated lifetime value of each potential contract is; and what period each will cover. (125189)

The Home Secretary announced when he visited HMP Kennett on 16 February that new prisons would be procured under the private finance initiative, the first two will be at Maghull and Belmarsh West. Following that announcement we will shortly be publishing an advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) commencing the competition for the first prison. Lifetime costs will be estimated for each prison so that we can compare these estimates against those put forward by bidders. It is estimated that the contracts will last for 25 years from the commencement of operations.