Have you raised your concerns with any of the charities involved?
We have regular meetings with Paul Cavadino from Nacro. He chairs an umbrella network of more than 300 voluntary organisations involved in the provision of offender services. We want a partnership model, but one that is on a statutory basis. There are, however, one or two organisations that appear to be courting the private sector.
What are you planning for the forthcoming committee stage?
Napo has drafted 15 amendments that have gone down in Conservative, Liberal and Labour backbench names on things such as the need for professional qualifications. The key debate will be at the third reading, however, when there is likely to be opposition to the centralised or privatised model.