§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his planned timetable is for establishing and bringing into operation the detention centres at(a) Thurleigh, (b) Harmondsworth and (c) Aldington.
§ Mrs. Roche
We are in the process of selecting private sector suppliers to design, build and operate all three centres. The competition is being run under European102W Community Procurement Rules. Our timetable is to take delivery of the buildings and to start up operations within approximately 12 months.