Today the Government took another major step forward in delivering their important reforms to rehabilitation services, announcing preferred bidders for 21 community rehabilitation company contracts. The competition for contracts was strong, with over 80 bids received and an average of four bidders in each area.
I have placed a copy of the list of preferred bidders in the Libraries of both Houses today. You will see that we have a strong and diverse market, with preferred bidders in all but one of the 21 contract areas including voluntary and social sector organisations as “top-tier” partners in their bids—the other preferred bidder is a medium-sized British business. Four probation staff mutuals are also represented as top-tier partners.