HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 cc431-2W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average percentage change in costs was for each probation hostel following the decision to award the contract for hostel facilities to the private sector between the last and current financial years. [160808]

Paul Goggins

Prior to the award of the approved premises (previously known as hostels) facilities management contract no consistent data on the cost of running each premises was held. Therefore, it is not possible to accurately compare current costs to historic costs.

Reflecting the enhanced specification, and the intention to improve the quality of the approved premises estate, including staff security and health and safety, funding for premises was increased by 10 per cent. for financial year 2003–04.