HC Deb 24 February 1989 vol 147 cc835-6W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list services in adult prisons already wholly or partly contracted out to private operators.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The following services in adult prisons are wholly or partly contracted out to private operators, but not necessarily at every prison.

Domestic services

  • Hair cutting
  • Laundry—dry cleaning
  • Maintenance and cleaning of specialist kitchen equipment
  • Office cleaning
  • Pest control
  • Refuse collection
  • Window and chimney cleaning

Catering services

  • Catering for inmates
  • Catering for staff
  • Inmates canteen

Medical services

  • Agency nurses
  • Consultant specialists, eg psychiatrists
  • Dental, chiropody and optical services
  • Doctors—locums


  • Disposal of confidential waste
  • Security services—collection of cash
  • Telephone operators


  • Conveyance of goods and farm produce
  • Conveyance of prisoners
  • Maintenance of vehicles

Prison estate

  • Maintenance and improvement to prison buildings and quarters
  • Maintenance of plant and equipment
  • New construction