Prison Officers

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th March 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much money was spent from the public purse on (a) hotels and (b) other expenses for prison officers on detached duty in each month from January to June 2015.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 01 March 2018.

The correct answer should have been:

Prison officers do a challenging and vital job to help protect the public and we are committed to making sure we have enough staff to deliver safe regimes in our prisons.

Detached duty is one of the sensible and proportionate measures we take to cover resourcing pressures and ensure we run safe and decent regimes in prisons as well as being able to respond appropriately to any operational issues that arise.

In 2016 the former Secretary of State announced HMPPS would be recruiting an additional 2,500 prison officers by December 2018. Good progress is being made to hit this target, with 1,970 additional officers recruited by 31st December 2017. These new staff will reduce the need for Detached Duty.

When there is a need to accommodate staff in hotels, we work hard to ensure the best possible value for money for the taxpayer and have controls in place to help keep costs to a minimum.

Where possible, bookings are for specifically timed trains and always in standard class to help keep costs to a minimum.

We are able to provide data on hotels and rail bookings made through Redfern Travel Ltd only.

Please see table attached for data from 2013 – 2017.

Table (Excel SpreadSheet, 25.27 KB)

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Prison officers do a challenging and vital job to help protect the public and we are committed to making sure we have enough staff to deliver safe regimes in our prisons.

Detached duty is one of the sensible and proportionate measures we take to cover resourcing pressures and ensure we run safe and decent regimes in prisons as well as being able to respond appropriately to any operational issues that arise.

In 2016 the former Secretary of State announced HMPPS would be recruiting an additional 2,500 prison officers by December 2018. Good progress is being made to hit this target, with 1,970 additional officers recruited by 31st December 2017. These new staff will reduce the need for Detached Duty.

When there is a need to accommodate staff in hotels, we work hard to ensure the best possible value for money for the taxpayer and have controls in place to help keep costs to a minimum.

Where possible, bookings are for specifically timed trains and always in standard class to help keep costs to a minimum.

We are able to provide data on hotels and rail bookings made through Redfern Travel Ltd only.

Please see table attached for data from 2013 – 2017.

Table (Excel SpreadSheet, 25.27 KB)

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.