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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (13 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The time elapsed between 18 June 2021 and the termination of the contract with MTC to run Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre was to allow for options to be considered on the future of the contract with MTC. The decision to extend MTC’s contract was made in November 2019, more than a year before the Urgent Notification was invoked by inspectors. At the time Ofsted’s assessment was that...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Race Relations (13 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Data held centrally does not provide information on the primary purpose of roles across the prison estate. This could only be provided at disproportionate cost as there would be a need for every prison in England and Wales to collate it locally. Annual data on the prison population by ethnicity group can be found in Table A1.9i of the Offender Management Statistics Quarterly publication. In...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (10 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The first to be resettled through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) 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. We are working across Government and with partners such as UNHCR to design and open the ACRS amidst a complex and changing picture. We are committed to working in...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (10 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are working across Government and with partners such as UNHCR to design and open the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme amidst a complex and changing picture. 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. We are committed to working in step...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Safety (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The events described by the Independent Monitoring Board during the week beginning 12 April were especially challenging, due to a combination of factors at that time as a number of particularly complex prisoners needed support through Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) processes. Covid-19 impacted on regimes, and we recognise that this was both frustrating and distressing for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Coronavirus (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The safety of staff and prisoners remains our priority. Staff at HMP Bullingdon are working hard to reduce the number and severity of violent incidents and data is analysed on a weekly basis to understand local trends and themes. We know, for example, that debt and issues outside of the prison are key drivers of violence at HMP Bullingdon. A link has also been identified between on-wing...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Construction (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The delivery of a new building to accommodate more prisoners at HMP Bullingdon is to meet projected future demand. Crowding in prisons is a longstanding issue that will not be easily addressed. We are investing £3.8 billion over the next three years to deliver 20,000 additional modern prison places (inclusive of the places at Bullingdon), including 2,000 temporary prison places across...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bullingdon Prison: Prisoners' Release (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Justice provided up to 56 nights’ accommodation per individual to prison leavers at risk of homelessness. Data shows that 12% of offenders released from custody in the year to March 2021 were recorded as homeless or rough sleeping, which presents a decrease compared to the 16% recorded homeless or rough sleeping in the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme. 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. Further information on the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (9 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The ACRS is not yet open. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme. Further information on the eligibility, prioritisation and referral of people for the ACRS is set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement- and-immigration-policy-statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Industrial Health and Safety (8 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will continue to progress this and to work collaboratively with the Joint Unions in Prisons Alliance (JUPA) who now meet quarterly with to engage on safety matters. JUPA are aware that it is through our recognised trade unions that we must progress matters of safety which impact on staff. In this respect, the proposed Charter could only be considered if it was to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Downs Syndrome (8 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice does not hold this type of data as robust information on diagnoses would form part of a prisoner’s medical records rather than being held in prison administrative systems. Further, prison policy in Scotland is a devolved matter and so all data for those held in Scottish prisons, does not sit with the Ministry of Justice or HMPPS.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remand in Custody (8 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Following a commitment from the Government earlier this year, MoJ is reviewing the use of the power in the Bail Act 1976 which allows a court to remand a defendant for their own protection. This work is ongoing, and we are on track to complete our review into uses of the power by the end of the year.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (8 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are working at pace with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation for Afghan families who were evacuated to the UK. Data on relocation will be published as part of our quarterly release which can be found at this link: Asylum and resettlement datasets - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Over 4,000 individuals have either moved into a settled home or are in the process of being moved or...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (8 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Between 15th and 29th August, the UK evacuated over 15,000 people from Afghanistan. Under ‘Operation Warm Welcome’, we are taking a cross-government approach to support Afghans to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education and integrate with their local communities. Over 4,000 individuals have either moved into a settled home or are in the process of being moved or matched to a...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (8 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are working at pace across government and with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation for Afghan families who were evacuated to the UK. The emergency circumstances of Operation Pitting meant that we were not able to secure long term accommodation for people as we would have liked before they flew to the UK. Once properties are identified and referred to the Home Office, a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Protective Clothing (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Prison COVID-19 guidelines specify the GOV.UK criteria for persons exempt from wearing face coverings. Visitors to Prisons who are exempt from wearing a covering are permitted to visit and are not required to wear a covering during the visit. Where staff are exempt from wearing a mask an individual risk assessment is undertaken and any necessary adjustments are made, for example these staff...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Accommodation (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Prison cell occupancy is certified by the Prison Group Director (PGD) in accordance with Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 17/2012, which provides guidelines for determining cell capacities. Cells are only shared where a PGD has assessed them to be of an adequate size and condition. This is a longstanding issue that will not be easily addressed. We are investing £3.8 billion over the next...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Accommodation (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Our ongoing strategy for managing Covid-19 in prisons continues to be guided by our National Framework which sets out restrictions to the prison regime that are necessary to maintain Covid-safe measures. Whilst time out of cell has at times been reduced due to these restrictions, prisons are not limiting prisoners to leaving their cells for one hour per day.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remand in Custody (7 Dec 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Community accommodation is already available for defendants who may otherwise be remanded into custody. Approved Premises and the Bail Accommodation Support Services both provide a community-based alternative to custody for specific cohorts of individuals who are unconvicted or unsentenced. For high risk bailees, Approved Premises provide temporary accommodation with enhanced supervision and...


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