Michael Gove “picks a fight” over the MoJ’s Saudi contract bid: the background

The overnight news was dramatic: the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, has “picked a fight” in Cabinet. And the subject of this political spat? It would appear that it is the commercial bid by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to assist the prison service of Saudi Arabia, something I have been blogging about … Read more

“Exclusive” – the Home Office has a MoU with Saudi Arabia about which it is keeping quiet.

In researching around the Ministry of Justice’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saudis, I came across a curious piece of information. (ADD, 3rd October 2015: A “Memorandum of Understanding” is a formal agreement, but usually one that is not intended to be contractual binding.) According to a 2015 Foreign and Commonwealth Office report, the Home Office signed a … Read more

The MoJ-Saudi Memorandum of Understanding – a timeline

This is a timeline of (most of the) information in the public domain about the UK Ministry of Justice’s “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Saudi Arabian government, signed on 11 September 2014. 12 November 2013 The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee publishes a detailed report on the UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.  It … Read more

The story of the unfortunate MoJ and Saudi commercial proposal

This is the background story to my ongoing posts at the FT about the unfortunate contract proposal from the UK government to the government of Saudi Arabia, and what the deal tells us about who really has power in – and over – the UK polity. It is an unfinished story at the moment, as it is … Read more

Five questions for the MoJ about the continuing bid to provide services to the Saudis.

The Ministry of Justice has announced that it is continuing with its bid to provide services on a commercial basis to the (barbaric) Saudi prisons system.  It appears that it has to continue with the bid because it will incur liability for “financial penalties” if the bid is now withdrawn. The ministerial statement is here – and … Read more

MoJ refuses to disclose details of its commercial proposal to the Saudi state

The below has been received from the Ministry of Justice. It is a refusal to disclose anything to do with the MoJ’s proposal to provide services on a commercial basis to the Saudi state. Freedom of Information Request Dear Mr Green,  Thank you for your email of 16 January in which you requested the following information … Read more

Just Solutions international: a timeline

This timeline sets out and links to the public domain information about  the shadowy and curious “Just Solutions international” (“JSi” – complete with gimmicky lower-case “i”).   This timeline is intended to complement my substantive posts on JSi and will be updated from time to time. 2004 The Home Office publish the Carter Review, Managing Offenders, Reducing Crime: A New … Read more

The Ministry of Justice and the Saudis: ten more unanswered questions

At 10:46 this morning I emailed the following questions to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) press office for answers by 17:00 (for a follow-up piece to this detailed post on the serious conflict of interest created by the proposed MoJ commercial deal with the Saudi state): 1. Who is the Saudi representative at the [global law] summit? [MoJ … Read more

A conflict of interest: the Saudi state and the UK’s Ministry of Justice

#UK & #Saudi Ministers of Justice – Rt Hon Chris Grayling & Dr al Issa – sign mou on judicial #cooperationpic.twitter.com/JXqES7D8AI — UKinSaudiArabia (@UKinSaudiArabia) September 11, 2014 The proposed commercial deal between the Saudi Arabian state and the UK’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ) – whereby the Saudis will pay some £5.9 million for MoJ assistance for its punishment system – … Read more

The Ministry of Justice and the Saudis: the unanswered questions

[Note added 27th January 2015, I eventually got answers, see this detailed post.] So yesterday I asked the press office of the Ministry of Justice questions about its £5.9 million “commercial” proposal to the punishment system Saudi Arabia (see here and here): 1. Can I please have a copy of the MoU signed between the Secretary of State and … Read more