HC Deb 14 April 1993 vol 222 c614W
Ms Ruddock

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prison service practice or procedures are not required to be followed by the contractor under the terms of the contract of HM prison Wolds.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the prison service. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 14 April 1993.


The Secretary of State has asked me to write to you directly in reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking which Prison Service practices or procedures do not have to be followed by the contractor at HM Prison Wolds.

2. In response to an earlier Question answered on 23 March, the Minister of State supplied you with a list of Prison Service practices and procedures which Wolds management must follow under the contract. The contractor is bound by the Prison Act 1952, the Criminal Justice Act 1991, the Prison Rules 1964 as amended and the contract. But beyond those items listed in the earlier reply, which are mandatory under the contract, he does not have to follow any other Prison Service practices or procedures. These are numerous and are contained in standing orders, circular instructions, various manuals and other forms of advice to governors. I am afraid that we do not have a consolidated compilation of all this material and it would not be practicable to list it all out. It is up to contractors to draw up their own such instructions.