§ 23. Mr. Alexander
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what initiatives he plans to involve the private sector in providing bail hostel places.
§ Mr. John Patten
We have a programme to create 1,000 new bail places at approved hostels between April 1988 and April 1993. About 160 of these places are already on stream and some 500 more are at various stages of development. Although there are no plans for privately managed bail hostels at present, we believe that there is scope now for further private sector involvement in this programme in terms of planning, building, delivery and contracting out of services.