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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 13th December 2005.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 9:30 am, 13th December 2005

Is not this whole concept of contestability predicated on something that simply is not the case? It assumes that a throng of private businesses eager to manage Britain's offending population can see the market potential of the addicted alcoholic or deviant, mentally confused and otherwise dysfunctional offenders, like the angel imprisoned in a block of marble. They are not my words, but those of Richard Heller, who is not necessarily a friend of the Government but is absolutely hostile to these proposals.