Young Offender Institutions

House of Lords written question – answered at on 7 March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve the management of Ashfield Young Offender Institution in the light of the recent report of HM Inspector of Prisons; and whether they will review the suitability of Serco and GEOAmey as managers or providers of services to custodial institutions.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has agreed with Serco, which manages Ashfield, the actions needed to address the areas of concern noted in the inspection report. NOMS will ensure that implementation of the action plan is closely monitored.

There are no plans to review the suitability of Serco and GEOAmey as managers or providers of services to custodial institutions. With regard to their involvement with the prisoner escort contracts: robust contract management mechanisms are in place, which have brought about improvements in delivery since the latest contracts came into operation in August 2011.

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