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G4S’ contract to run the Brook House immigration removal centre has been extended for another two years. This comes less than a year after undercover footage broadcast by the BBC’s Panorama showed detainees at Brook House subjected to verbally and physically abused, amid drug abuse and suicide attempts.

I wanted to know how much to aborted tender process cost the UK taxpayer and was there more than one bidder when the contract came up for renewal. The response I received was muddled. The minister continued to repeat the phrase ‘due diligence’ but was unable to give specifics to my points.

I am concerned that a company has been given the rights to continue to provide this service without the necessary safeguards to protect either the taxpayer or those using the service.

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Before Christmas it was announced that Oakhill Young Offenders Institute was failing on multiple measures. This is a site for some of our most troubled young offenders and we should be ensuring that we are providing a rehabilitation facility.

In March 2017, an officer suffered serious injuries after being attacked by detainees on a football pitch. This site is run by the private firm G4S. Each inspection has shown that G4S cannot manage the site.

This is an example of a private firm which is out of its depth. I asked the minister what does it take for a contract to be stripped from a firm when it has been shown to fail multiple times. Sadly, the minister stated that the contract has years left to run. I believe that if a firm is failing their duty of care its contractual arrangements with the Government should be reviewed and changed as necessary.