§ Sir John Wheeler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the standard of service which will be expected of a private sector company contracted to run Wolds remand prison.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
Work has now been completed on the specification for the operation of Wolds remand prison under private sector management and the selection and training requirements for prisoner custody officers. This forms part of the invitation to tender being issued to potential contractors today and a copy has been placed in the Library. Subject to the passage of the Criminal Justice Bill through Parliament and the receipt of satisfactory tenders, we would aim to award a contract in the autumn.