Privatised Probation System

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:06 pm on 4th March 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central 5:06 pm, 4th March 2019

I genuinely have sympathy for the Minister: he is the man with the shovel and brush following a horse that has been ridden by his colleague Chris Grayling. We have seen an award-winning public probation service turned into an unmitigated privatised disaster. The Minister did not answer the earlier question about new contracts having break clauses, which was the same question we asked in 2014, so will he confirm that any new contracts issued will have break clauses?