Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th September 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, to publish the repair completion rate for each prison in each year for which figures are available.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The table attached shows the available information on repair work orders which covers the period of September 2018 to August 2019 by establishment. Some of these tasks cannot be completed in the time period for a variety of reasons which can lead to duplication of a task. The figures provided include these duplicate tasks, which account for part of the apparent 'backlog'.

Performance has improved recently against completion on time and against the number of works which are left outstanding. We ensure that works are completed with close monitoring of performance through regular contract meetings where providers are challenged, and concerns can be escalated. Further to this statutory and mandatory compliance checks are conducted. Where necessary financial penalties are applied to commercial contractors where work orders are not completed on time as per contractual requirements. Action plans to reduce outstanding remedial works have also recently been requested. Our priority is to stabilise and improve service delivery, with an improved focus on cleanliness and decency.

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