Richard Burgon, the Shadow Justice Secretary, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on privately financed prisons on Wednesday 27 June.
The Shadow Secretary of State told the House:
"The Ministry of Justice has been cut more than any other Department—it has been cut by 40%, or £4 billion per year. The flipside of cuts is a greater dependence on privatisation and outsourcing, and when it comes to our prisons it is the public who pay the price."
In response, Justice Minister Rory Stewart wanted to "emphasise that the key here is about getting quality and diversity into the estate. We do not want to be overly ideological about this. We believe in a mixed estate".
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