UK Government Lost £1.1M on Saudi Deal

The British Government lost 1.1m on its commercial venture to run parts of the Saudi Arabian prison system | UK Politics | News | The Independent
JSi, the trading face of the Ministry of Justice, was set up by civil servants in 2012 to bid for commercial contracts abroad using UK state expertise. In Autumn 2015 Michael Gove, the newly appointed Justice Secretary, wound up the venture and pulled out of contracts in countries with poor human rights records – Saudi Arabia and Oman. The policy had been instituted by Mr Gove’s predecessor Chris Grayling. Mr Gove has also cancelled a number of other policies predating his time at the MoJ, including a ban on prisoners being sent books and further cuts to legal aid than those already implemented.

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