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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Cameras (25 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: A procurement process for the next generation of Body Worn Video Cameras (BWVC) within the public prison estate is underway, for rollout commencing in 2022. The process will represent a substantial uplift of cameras available to the entire public prison estate, with each establishment having sufficient stock of cameras for every operational band 3 – 5 Prison Officer on shift at any time and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (25 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Office is continuing to work with local authorities in the UK and authorities in the USA to ensure the best interests of the children are met when deciding where the children are ultimately settled. We are working with the utmost urgency to ensure that, where it is in their best interests, these children are brought to the UK. Where the children cannot be safely settled in the UK...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Gender Recognition (24 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: OASys Sexual Reoffending Predictor (OSP) was developed for use with legally male offenders and so is not used with offenders who are not legally male. However, transitioning will not result in an offender’s risk assessment being less robust. Whether or not a transgender prisoner is assessed using OSP is not a factor in decisions about whether to allocate them to a men's or women's prison,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Gender Recognition (24 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS Incident Reporting System, which records the legal gender of prisoners. They are based on snapshot data collections from March 2018, 2019 and 2021. There was no collection in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Data is not available for 2017. This is because legal gender did not form part of the central data collection in that year. In 2017-18...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Coronavirus (24 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Each privately managed prison has a full-time contract management team that is employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and report to the HMPPS Head of Privately Managed Prisons. They are accountable for providing assurance that the contracts for each prison are delivered in accordance with agreed contractual delivery indicators, and that the prison provides safe, decent and secure...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (24 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) commenced on 6 January 2022 and will provide up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK. As set out in the policy statement of 13 September, there will be many more people seeking to come to the UK under the scheme than there are places. It is right that we take a considered approach, working...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (24 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) commenced on 6th January. The ACRS will provide up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK. This follows the immediate evacuation of over 15,000 people to safety in the largest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history. We have continued to bring people to the UK, with around 1,500...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Chess (21 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: We are supportive of all programmes that could potentially improve outcomes for offenders, including chess. Our association with the English Chess Federation (ECF) and other chess charities, has successfully promoted the game of chess in prisons, provided books and equipment for prisoners to use as well as establishing chess clubs in prisons to help prisoners participate in chess at all...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Safety (21 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Department publishes statistics on deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales in the quarterly Safety in Custody statistics at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/safety-in-custody- statistics. Overall rates of prisoner-on-prisoner assaults and assaults on staff have also featured in recent years as metrics in the prison performance framework, alongside...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Profits (21 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice does not hold any data on contractor profit within the privately managed prison estate. Contractors for the privately managed prisons are paid a unitary rate per prisoner place per day which is set out for the full contract term and is commercially confidential.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Staff (21 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: Staffing is the responsibility of private prison operators as they are responsible for the daily operational running of individual prison establishments. They have their own contingencies that allows movement across the different prisons that they operate and from their wider business. In addition, we have contingences and contractual mechanisms that allow operators to request support from HM...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Incentives (21 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: (a) All staffing matters in privately managed prisons, including bonuses, are the responsibility of individual contractors. The Ministry of Justice does not hold this information (b) Information relating to non-consolidated performance bonuses received by public sector staff working within HMPPS during 2020 and 2021 will be released in due course.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Staff (21 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: All staffing matters in privately managed prisons, including bonuses, are the responsibility of individual contractors. There is no requirement in the contracts to agree such matters with the Ministry of Justice. Private providers play an important role in the prison estate and we continue to monitor them to ensure they maintain safe, decent and secure prisons.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: Wales (20 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice does not publish information on the imprisonment rate in Wales as part of its statistical releases. However, figures covering the total prison population in England and Wales as at 30 June each year, broken down by establishment, can be found in Table A1.13 of the document “Annual Prison Population: 2021” at:...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: Carers and Parents (20 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: No recent annual estimate has been made of the number of children affected by the imprisonment of a parent or main caregiver. However, the Government acknowledges the importance of better data collection to further understand the prevalence and needs of prisoners with children and is committed to collecting more data centrally and using this to inform policy and improve our services. Changes...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Gender Recognition (20 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service take the allocation of transgender prisoners very seriously. All transgender prisoners (whether or not they have a gender recognition certificate) are managed in line with the policy framework ‘The Care and Management of Individuals who are Transgender’. Prisoners are initially held according to their legal gender. If...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Abuse: Victims (20 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice has not been made aware of any complaints to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman about the implementation in the family court of the prohibition on cross-examination in person, or the presumption that victims of domestic abuse are automatically eligible for special measures, both of which are provided for by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (20 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (19 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will prioritise those who have assisted UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for UK values such as democracy, women’s rights, freedom of speech and rule of law; and vulnerable people such as women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups (including ethnic/religious minorities and LGBT+). There will not be an application process for...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (19 Jan 2022)

Victoria Atkins: As the Minister for Afghan Resettlement set out on 6 January, the FCDO will shortly be contacting those individuals from these cohorts who are eligible to be considered, in order to set out next steps.


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