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Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 27th October 2014.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on its contract for offender electronic monitoring in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The table below sets out the amounts spent on electronic monitoring services provided by G4S and Serco for the years requested.

2011-12

£116,906,087

2012-13

£107,684,810

2013-14

£36,987,915

The 2013-14 figure is significantly lower as we withheld payment in 2013 once we became aware of long-standing anomalies in the billing arrangements on these contracts. We have since recovered all money owed on the contracts from the suppliers.

In April 2014 Capita took over the management of the electronic monitoring service, on an interim basis until the new service comes into operation. Under these interim arrangements, G4S and Serco no longer have a direct role in delivering the service on the ground – and we have far greater oversight of costs and charging than previously, with direct access to the suppliers’ systems. We continue to manage these arrangements robustly.

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