HC Deb 24 November 1997 vol 301 cc436-7W
37. Mr. Yeo

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received regarding the use of private contractors in the management of the Prison Service. [15816]

Ms Quin

Since 1 May, my right hon. Friend has received representations from hon. Members, the Prison Service Trade Unions, members of staff, representatives of contractors and other members of the public. The subjects covered include: the building and running of new prisons under the private finance initiative; the involvement of the private sector in Prison Service administration under the Quantum project; and the contractual management of industries at Coldingley prison.

Figures are available for Parliamentary Questions and Ministers' cases and are listed in the table:

Representations received on private sector involvement in prison service management
Subject Parliamentary Questions Ministers cases
Quantum 6 2
PFI and Prisons 3
Prisons and Private sector 4 10
Total 13 12