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Privately Financed Prisons - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:37 pm on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Corston Baroness Corston Labour 3:37 pm, 27th June 2018

My Lords, I would like to place on record my thanks to the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for giving me a private briefing yesterday on what he proposes for the women’s prison estate. His announcement that there will be five women’s centres rather than five women’s prisons was very welcome. Will the Minister confirm that these, too, are to be privately run—and, if so, whether they could be run by charitable or not-for-profit organisations?