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Prisons: Private Sector

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial penalties have been imposed on private prison contractors in respect of privately operated establishments in each of the last five financial years; what the reasons were for each penalty; and in how many cases the imposition of a penalty resulted in the withholding of the corresponding amount from the contractor concerned. (150150)

The level of detail that the question asked for is not held in the required format. However, I can respond on the specific point of how monies are recovered when a financial penalty is imposed. The contractor is required to provide a credit note for the relevant amount to be deducted from the monthly payment.

I will write to the hon. Member with a more detailed response to the question before Parliament goes into recess.