Prisons: Construction

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th July 2021.

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Photo of Greg Smith Greg Smith Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full time jobs have been created for local residents living within a 25 mile radius of (a) Five Wells site and (b) Glen Parva site; how long into the construction phase were those jobs created; and how many of those jobs have been filled by ex-offenders.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

As of May 2021, at HMP Five Wells 81 jobs were held by those living within a 25 mile radius, representing 37% of the newly created jobs. As of May 2021, at Glen Parva 37 jobs were held by those living within a 25 mile radius, representing 32% of the newly created jobs.

The table below shows job creation month on month since beginning of construction at each site. Please note that if a request is made for information and the total figure amounts to five people or fewer, the MoJ must consider whether this could lead to the identification of individuals and whether disclosure of this information would be in breach of our statutory obligations. For this reason, ≤5 is used as a replacement value from which it would be difficult to isolate or extract any individual data in this instance.

Jobs created at HMP Five Wells

May-19

7

Jun-19

21

Jul-19

0

Aug-19

0

Sep-19

≤5

Oct-19

≤5

Nov-19

≤5

Dec-19

≤5

Jan-20

12

Feb-20

12

Mar-20

0

Apr-20

≤5

May-20

≤5

Jun-20

≤5

Jul-20

31

Aug-20

≤5

Sep-20

46

Oct-20

15

Nov-20

41

Dec-20

0

Jan-21

7

Feb-21

≤5

Mar-21

≤5

Apr-21

0

May-21

8

Total

221

Jobs created at Glen Parva

Aug-20

≤5

Sep-20

13

Oct-20

5

Nov-20

7

Dec-20

10

Jan-21

38

Feb-21

14

Mar-21

7

Apr-21

9

May-21

12

Total

116

At HMP Five Wells, as of May 2021, 26 roles were filled by ex-offenders or prisoners released on temporary licence, representing 12% of the new jobs created.

At Glen Parva, as of May 2021, 31 roles were filled by ex-offenders or prisoners released on temporary license, representing 27% of the new jobs created.

By the end of the construction programme for both sites, 25% of the new job creation target during the construction phase is targeted to be filled by ex-offenders or prisoners released on temporary licence. However, this is reliant on job-holders and contractors self-declaring any convictions.

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