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Electronic Tagging

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will direct his Department to halt the process of contracting out probation services until the forensic audit by PwC and investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into electronic tagging providers have been completed.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Our Transforming Rehabilitation reforms will see the extension of statutory supervision and rehabilitation to an additional 50,000 offenders who are sentenced to less than 12 months in custody. It is vital that we move ahead now to change the system so that these offenders can begin to receive the support they need and the much needed reductions in reoffending rates can begin to be achieved.

The Department has taken steps to ensure that we have the best processes and people in place to manage these contracts and to deliver value for money for the taxpayer.

As the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, my right hon. Friend Chris Grayling, made clear in his statement to the House on 11 July 2013, Hansard, columns 573-75, the Department is auditing all contracts it holds with G4S and Serco. We will not be awarding any further contracts to these companies unless the audits reach a satisfactory outcome.

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