Prisons: Private Sector

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th July 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of procuring services for prisons in the private sector.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The annual cost for private sector operated prisons that have been procured by the Department is as follows:

Prison

Contractor

Operator

15/16 Actual Spend

16/17 Actual Spend

17/18 Actual Spend

Altcourse

Fazakerley Prison Services Ltd

G4S

£48,425,005.16

£51,970,141.05

£54,556,862.31

Birmingham

G4S Care & Justice Services (UK) Ltd

G4S

£29,625,016.19

£21,301,059.54

£26,107,663.62

Oakwood

G4S Care & Justice Services (UK) Ltd

G4S

£18,224,143.75

£30,129,179.72

£22,320,715.58

Parc

Bridgend Custodial Services Ltd

G4S

£59,834,123.90

£50,307,689.96

£56,896,000.00

Rye Hill

Onley Prison Services Ltd

G4S

£21,936,086.30

£23,219,028.52

£24,643,663.78

Ashfield

Pucklechurch Custodial Services Ltd

Serco

£13,991,939.98

£17,424,228.98

£12,524,092.25

Doncaster

Serco Group plc

Serco

£14,035,689.44

17,581,044.61

£18,390,805.21

Dovegate

Moreton Prison Services Ltd

Serco

£37,334,239.19

£40,414,432.72

£40,385,837.55

Lowdham Grange

Lowdham Grange Prison Services Ltd

Serco

£25,647,285.74

£26,419,233.30

£26,231,479.17

Thameside

BWP Project Services Limited

Serco

£34,430,177.00

£36,692,427.64

£36,458,230.67

Bronzefield

Ashford Prison Services Ltd

Sodexo

£30,863,063.19

£39,674,207.43

£34,689,221.90

Forest Bank

Agecroft Prison Management Ltd

Sodexo

£40,925,828.04

£34,217,521.34

£40,888,128.65

Northumberland

Sodexo Limited

Sodexo

£24,975,506.05

£18,223,623.78

£19,634,565.69

Peterborough

Peterborough Prison Management Ltd

Sodexo

£ 38,626,224.48

£43,423,742.08

£44,867,246.33

Monthly invoices are submitted for each contract and are verified by the Department in accordance with their respective payment terms.

We continually monitor each privately managed prison and a full-time on-site Controller is employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). The Controller has regular review meetings with the contractor against a range of performance indicators. The Controllers undertake a number of compliance checks to ensure that the Contractors are discharging their contractual obligations.

This Government remains committed to a role for the private sector in operating custodial services. The sector has an important role to play, and currently runs some high-performing prisons, as part of a decent and secure prison estate.

A balanced approach to custodial services provision, which includes a mix of public, voluntary and private sector involvement has been shown to introduce improvements and deliver value for money for taxpayers.

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