§ Lord Avebury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the contracts entered into by the Prison Service with Kairos-APAC Trust for services provided at The Verne, Highpoint and Swaleside prisons; what payments have been made to the trust for those services; what management systems are in place to determine whether the services provided are good value for money; and what are the comparative recidivism rates for prisoners who went through the Kairos programme and control groups of other similar offenders. [HL2775]
§ Lord Williams of Mostyn
The Prison Service has no formal contracts with the Kairos-APAC Trust but individual governors have made local arrangements with the Trust in the form of "Partnership Agreements". I have arranged for copies of these to be placed in the Library. Payments to the Kairos-APAC Trust have principally been contributions towards staffing costs; Highpoint prison has paid £33,689, the Verne £8,000 and Swaleside £8,094. The governor of each of the prisons concerned has a responsibility to ensure that the34WA whole regime, including any contribution made to it by an external body, provides value for money.
Information about comparative recidivism rates is not available. The Prison Service is now considering whether it should continue to support these projects beyond the present commitment, which expires on 30 June.