With a little push in the right direction Private Eye did a little digging around and discovered MTCnovo put in the only compliant bid for London and Thames Valley CRCs. Apparently they got more than they wanted as they were only seeking a foot in the door and the MoJs rubber stamp to apply for prison contracts only to be lumbered with London that any savvy multinational wouldn't have touched with a barge pole. Working Links and Purple Futures also cashed in with no competition. So this was the contest that was to bring the best of the private sector to probation - not. A one horse race where even a knackered three legged horse could limp over the line and be declared a winner simply by taking part.
You might want to ask who assisted them to tick all the boxes the MoJ were looking for? And why did they get London despite a weak bid?