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Prisons: Private Sector

Justice written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the National Offender Management Service decided not to impose financial penalties on private prisons on each occasion such penalties were found to be applicable in the last five years; and how much revenue was forgone in each such year.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Performance points are accrued on the occurrence of a custodial service failure which are recorded on a quarterly and annual basis in each contract. Charges are then applied when these total points exceed the relevant performance baseline. Under certain circumstances these charges maybe waived, for example on the basis that the failure could be in part or direct result of an authority/NOMS default.

Information providing a site by site breakdown of charges and reasons related for any mitigation are not routinely collated centrally. Furthermore prior to May 2010 under the previous NOMS structure of regional directors of offender managers (DOMS), decisions on the application or mitigation of points were handled regionally. Therefore the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the NOMS finance team have recently been working on identifying and collating information with regards to the number of points applied (less any credit/baseline deductions) and the associated charge to the contractor. See following table for a summary for 2010-11 and 2011-12;

  2010-11 2011-12
Prison Points Estimated charge (£) Points Estimated charge (£)
Altcourse 433 130,000 0 0
Ashfield 140 16,000 130 14,000
Birmingham n/a n/a n/a n/a
Bronzefield 193 70,000 88 20,000
Doncaster n/a n/a n/a n/a
Dovegate 0 0 0 0
Forest Bank 0 0 0 0
Lowdham Grange 0 0 152 20,000
Oakwood n/a n/a n/a n/a
Parc 0 0 0 0
Peterborough 0 0 147 23,000
Rye Hill 747 109,000 1,082 165,000
Thameside n/a n/a n/a n/a
Wolds 68 5,000 19 1,000

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