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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:06 am on 13th December 2005.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington 10:06 am, 13th December 2005

There are now examples of the private sector confronting a problem that it is unable to deal with, and then bringing in the public sector to handle it. I give the example in my constituency of Harmondsworth detention centre, where there was a major riot with an associated fire. It was the private sector that withdrew, and public sector workers—Prison Officers Association members—then had to deal with the problem.