Prisons: Staff

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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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 13 December 2018 to Question 200701 on Prisons: Staff, whether his Department plans to start monitoring the number of equivalent staff in privately-operated prisons; and if he will make a statement.

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 13 December 2018 to Question 200701 on Prisons: Staff, whether contractual changes to the required staffing information have been made since 2012.

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 13 December 2018 to Question 200701 on Prisons: Staff, how many equivalent staff in privately-operated prisons there were in the last period for which information is available.

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

As we have previously stated all staffing matters, including the responsibility for ensuring the availability of sufficiently trained and experienced staff to maintain safe and decent prisons, lies with Contractors. There is no requirement in the contracts to agree staffing levels with the Ministry of Justice and there has not been any changes made to the required staffing information since 2012.

As you know, each privately managed prison has a full-time on-site Controller employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). The Controller has regular review meetings with the contractor against a range of performance indicators that will reflect numbers of staff in post, recruitment, training, sickness, and attrition. Any concerns in relation to these performance indicators are discussed at these meetings. Where action is needed, progress is monitored by the Controller and escalated within HMPPS where appropriate action can be taken in accordance with the contract. This may include a requirement for urgent improvement and/or financial deductions.

The table below displays the most recent figures that the Ministry of Justice has for the number of funded posts for Prison Custody Officers at each privately managed prison and the dates that these relate to.

Altcourse

Ashfield

Birmingham

Bronzefield

Doncaster

Dovegate

Forest Bank

262.12

74.6

302

157

218.5

259

267

01/12/18

30/11/18

01/11/18

30/11/18

30/11/18

30/11/18

30/11/18

Lowdham Grange

Northumberland

Oakwood

Parc

Peterborough

Rye Hill

Thameside

230

235.5

284

306

333.5

146

192

30/11/18

30/11/18

01/11/18

01/11/18

01/12/18

01/10/18

30/11/18

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