§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he is giving to allowing the company or organisation successfully tendering to manage the Wolds remand centre to have their employees trained at the Prison Service college; and on what charging basis such facility would be offered.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
A number of staff will be trained by the Prison Service college in the local inmate database system which the Home Office requires a successful contractor to use, and therefore no charge will be levied for this facility.
The provision of training for prisoner custody officers to meet the standard required under the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and the tender document is a matter for the successful company and it will be open to them to seek such training from any source. Those bidding for Wolds have included details of the arrangements that they would make if they were successful.