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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Females (19 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Prison officers need to be capable of performing specific tasks to a certain standard to ensure their safety and the safety of everyone else, including prisoners and work colleagues. All prison officers who joined after 1 April 2001 must pass an annual fitness test in order to remain in a prison officer role. Staff who do not meet the annual fitness test standard will be provided with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance (19 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The information requested is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison and Probation Service: Pay (19 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Pay awards for this financial year across HMPPS are subject to the public sector pay pause, introduced by the Chancellor in 2020. This has assisted Government in protecting public sector jobs and investment in public services as Covid-19 continues to have an impact. The Secretary of State announced the prison pay award on 19 October, which delivered a pay increase of £250 to those earning...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders: Females (19 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: To better understand the needs and care pathways of girls in the youth secure estate, the Youth Custody Service and NHS England & Improvement co-commissioned the Centre for Mental Health to undertake this report. We are considering all the recommendations carefully. The report will inform our strategy for girls and helping us to continue to build a gender-responsive approach to children in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Pension Age (19 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Soon after being appointed, I met the Prison Officer’s Association for our introductory meeting at which a range of issues were raised, including pension age. I intend to meet the POA and other trade unions regularly to discuss matters relating to staff welfare and working conditions.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (19 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Office have provided a funding offer to support all local authorities who have bridging accommodation in their areas. For example, to provide enrolment in schools, integration into the community, handling of donations and registering with GPs. Frequent and regular engagement is continuing between Home Office officials and Local Authorities with bridging hotels. The Home Office worked...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Administration of Justice: Access (18 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As mentioned previously the Government recognises the importance of the timely delivery of justice and minimising delay is a key priority for the criminal justice system including, reducing the number of administratively finalised cases. The CPS and Police are committed to working closely with partners to ensure early engagement, proactive case management, robust case progression and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Solitary Confinement: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients (18 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: HMPPS does not hold people in solitary confinement however, there are occasions where, for their own safety or that of others and in line with Prison Service Order (PSO) 1700 Segregation, prisoners are segregated from the main population of the prison. Prisoners can be segregated under a range of authorities, which are set out in Prison Rules. These are:Under Prison Rule 45 (YOI Rule 49)...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (18 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk – including women’s rights activists, prosecutors and journalists. Further information on the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (18 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Operation Pitting took place from 13-28 August 2021. A significant cross Government effort is underway to ensure the thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into local communities. We have had to use hotels to accommodate those evacuated as a temporary measure due to unprecedented...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remand in Custody (17 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Following a commitment from the Government earlier this year, we are reviewing the use of the power to remand for own protection. This work is ongoing. There is no centrally held data on the number of adults remanded in custody for their own protection and to obtain this information would exceed permitted costs. The court’s decision to remand an individual in custody for their own...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (17 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Office is continuing to work with the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to relocate those who are eligible under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP). Those eligible can bring their close family members (one spouse/partner and under 18 children) to the UK, and additional family members on an exceptional basis. We encourage...

Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (17 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Given the very difficult circumstances in Afghanistan, we cannot pursue cases concerning Afghan people in country in the usual ways. The Home Office logged all the cases but will not be providing individual replies. Instead, please signpost individuals to gov.uk to check for the latest information about Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy:...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offender Institutions: Females (16 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Although the numbers of girls in custody remain small, the latest published statistics show that at the end of August 2021, only 20 of the 550 children and young people (including 18 year olds) in the Children and Young Person’s Secure Estate were female and it is very important that their individual needs and requirements are met. Secure Children’s Homes (SCHs) remain a key placement...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (16 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Following the policy statement, the Government published on 13 September, we will be working through the cases of those who have recently arrived from Afghanistan and will be processing them in line with the published policy. The Home Office is contacting those here in the UK in order to assist them to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain status. No one will be required to leave the United...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (16 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Secretary continues to meet regularly with Ministers to discuss the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) and the wider response to events in Afghanistan. The scheme is not yet open and remains under development, given the complex and challenging situation in Afghanistan. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK as a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Swinfen Hall Young Offender Institution: Repairs and Maintenance (15 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: There has been no additional cost to the public purse for repeated refurbishment works at Swinfen hall. It was paid for by the contractor as the initial works were not up to the required standard. We encountered several issues during the refurbishment of A, B and C wings; however, these were beyond our control. We continue to monitor our contractor’s performance and have regular meetings...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Mothers (15 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Further to the detailed response to Question 62679, we are not planning to undertake a detailed assessment of the total cost set out in the report. However, we will take account of the combined costs set out in the report as we develop and refine our policies in relation to maternal imprisonment.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Construction (15 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We have answered your question on the assumption that it relates to the estimated cost of delivering the additional prison places. The estimated capital costs currently expected to be incurred in delivering the 20,000 additional prison places in the relevant years is in line with our Spending Review capital settlement, which is as follows:2022-23 - c£1,050m2023-24 - c£1,730m2024-25 -...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (15 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the UK will relocate up to 20,000 people at risk, including women and girls and minority groups, so they can rebuild their lives in safety. The scheme is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which...


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