Parc Prison: Prison Officers

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 19th October 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, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2018 to Question 173602 on Parc Prison: Prison Officers, which organisation holds data on the number of Prison Custody Officers certified to work each private prison.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In privately managed prisons the responsibility for ensuring the availability of sufficiently trained and experienced staff to maintain safe and decent prisons lies with contractors. The figures we have provided on several occasions included the number of funded posts for fully certified staff in privately managed prisons.

Each privately managed prison has a full-time on-site Controller, Deputy Controller and Assistant Controller, all employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) that hold regular review meetings with contractors against a range of performance indicators.

The performance of all providers continues to be robustly managed and we will not hesitate to take action if and when standards fall short.

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