Hidden away in the Budget’s Red Book were figures showing that the Ministry of Justice will see further cuts of £300m next year. I wanted the minister to tell us how he intends to safeguard the safety of our prisons with such huge cuts.
The minister wanted to change the debate onto last year’s budget, but this is not what I asked. That’s why I pressed from the backbenches for him to answer my question. You will notice that he still had no answer. I am deeply concerned that these cuts – to one of the most cut departments in government since 2010 – will lead to a further deterioration in the quality of our prisons and legal system.