§ Ms Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has included special requirements for pregnant women, nursing mothers and very young children in the tender documents for the court escort services; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
Tender documents for the court escort service in the London area have not yet been finalised, but a copy of the operational specification for the court escort service in the east midlands and Humberside area has been placed in the library of the House. It outlines the general principles concerning the welfare of prisoners. The contractor has a contractual responsibility for the welfare of prisoners, for their humane treatment and for their medical needs.