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Prisons: Private Sector

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that private sector prisons take action in response to criticisms contained in the reports on them by HM Inspector of Prisons. (291962)

Contracted Sector Prisons are subject to the same procedures as public sector prisons for HM Inspector of Prisons. Within three months of the publication of a report on any prison, the National Offender Management Service is required to develop and submit an action plan to HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. This plan will respond to every recommendation made in the report. After a further nine months this action plan is updated. Ministers approve both action plans. The action plans enable progress to be monitored.