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Control Orders

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on private security firms in respect of the oversight of individuals subject to a control order in each financial year since 2006-07. (319178)

[holding answer 1 March 2010]: The only involvement of private security firms in the oversight of individuals subject to a control order relates to the electronic monitoring of those individuals. This is carried out under contracts currently held by the Ministry of Justice. These contracts also cover all electronic monitoring of individuals within the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

The cost of the electronic monitoring of controlled individuals to the Ministry of Justice from April 2007 is set out in the following table. No breakdown of the costs of monitoring individuals subject to a control order is available for the period prior to April 2007 when these contracts were held by the Home Office.

Financial year

Cost of electronic monitoring of control orders to the Ministry of Justice (£)

2007-081

74,900

2008-09

72,700

2009-10 (to the end of August)2

32,300

1 The figure for 2007-08 is based partly on estimates.

2 The figure for 2009-10 represents the most recent figure provided to the Ministry of Justice by the monitoring companies during the financial year and is based partly on estimates.