£50 million is how much the UK taxpayer has lost because of a poorly constructed contract with the collapsed firm Carillion. This was the answer I got from the minister of prisons towards the end of my questioning in the Justice Committee.
I wanted to know how much the UK taxpayer has lost because of the terrible contract signed. The minister tries to say that the taxpayer hasn’t lost the money, but if we are now having to pay an additional £50m over the lifetime of the contract I would say we have lost this money.
This is becoming a running story with the Ministry of Justice. They have signed up to contracts to run our prisons, building maintenance and other services without doing the due diligence to make sure that we are not losing out. We’ve seen it in Liverpool prison and we have seen it around the rest of the prison estate.