Plans to hand over the running of lie-detector tests for some individuals convicted of sexual offences to the private sector have been abandoned, The Independent reports.
The decision comes as private sector providers Serco and G4S face ongoing investigation into allegations that they defrauded the taxpayer of millions of pounds in relation to electronic monitoring contracts.
In a separate development the BBC reports that another prisoner protest has taken place at G4S-run Oakwood prison. The prison has faced a series of such protests in recent months.
A G4S spokesman said that it would be 'inappropriate' to comment on the disturbances while investigations were ongoing.
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