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Prisons: Costs

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to reduce the running costs of contracted-out prisons at the same level as reductions being made in the public prison service. [HL517]

Services provided by prisons run by private sector operators are stipulated and priced within a contract and therefore cannot be varied in the same way as public sector prisons, without agreement between the authority and the contractor. Directors of Offender Management will be looking at opportunities for disinvestment at contracted prisons within their regions and negotiating with the providers where appropriate.