POA Circulars

101 | 07.07.2011

Market Testing and Prison Closures

We expect the Coalition Government to identify a number of further prisons for Market Testing. We can expect the announcement prior to the Parliamentary recess.

The Executive expect that up to as many as 8 or 9 prisons may be identified. We are also aware that prison closures remain an integral element of the Coalition Governments agenda.

The POA has a Conference Policy of involvement in the Market Testing process. To that effect, when the announcements are made the Executive as per Conference Policy, will engage fully with NOMS to ensure that we retain our prisons within the public sector.


Yours sincerely


General Secretary