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Prisons: Private Sector

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the annual report to Parliament of HM Prison Service covers only public sector prisons; and, if so, whether there is a similar reporting mechanism to Parliament for private sector prisons. [HL3838]

The annual report to Parliament of HM Prison Service will cover only public sector prisons.

Authority for contracted prisons now resides with regional commissioners. Regional offender managers will be reporting on the performance of contracted establishments within their respective geographical areas and those reports will be published on the National Offender Management Service website. Financial information on all contracted prisons will be reported by the Commissioners’ Support Bureau and will be placed on the NOMS website.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will now publish the latest figures showing the scoring of private sector prisons under the performance rating system for prisons. [HL3839]

The latest figures showing scores of private sector prisons under the performance rating system are published on the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) website and are contained in the pages for NOMS regions relating to where the individual prison is located.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make it mandatory for private sector prisons to place links on their websites to the Chief Inspector of Prisons' latest report about their prisons. [HL3840]

HM Prison Service does not currently provide a link to the website of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in respect of inspection reports on public sector establishments and there are no plans to make it mandatory for private sector prisons to provide such a link on company websites. Access to all prison inspection reports, both public and private sector, can be obtained directly from the HM Inspectorate of Prisons website.