The Committee had a chance to question the Secretary of State for Justice about his duties. Many of you will have heard that the privately run prison HMP Birmingham finally collapsed and the UK Government had to step in to ensure that it continued to operate.
The UK Government have not been forthcoming with the exact figures for how this has cost the taxpayer and today I was able to get the Secretary of State to admit that this has cost us £9.9million.
This is money that could have been spent on recruiting more prison officers, police officers and improving our prison estate. Once again a private contractor has let us down.