Prisoner Escorts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 26 March 2024.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Crown Court hearings have been delayed due to a (a) failure to deliver a prisoner and (b) a delay in bringing a prisoner to a court by (i) Serco and (ii) other providers of escort services.

Photo of Gareth Bacon Gareth Bacon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of contractual delays at the Crown Court attributable to the two PECS suppliers, in each month from September 2023 to February 2024, is shown in the table below.

Contractual delays include both failure to deliver a prisoner, and delay in bringing a prisoner to court. In contractual terms, a delay occurs when a prisoner who is at that time the responsibility of a PECS supplier, is not available in the courtroom at the required time so that courtroom business is delayed by 15 minutes or more. Whenever a delay occurs, its cause is investigated by the PECS Management Team in His Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service. During the period for which data have been provided, there were no instances of failure to deliver a prisoner: all recorded instances are attributable to delay in bringing a prisoner to court.

PECS contractual delays to Crown Court hearings, September 2023 to February 2024

Serco

Total moves to Crown Court

Number of contractual delays

Performance %

Sep 2023

4872

5

99.90

Oct 2023

4651

8

99.83

Nov 2023

5408

17

99.69

Dec 2023

3803

20

99.48

Jan 2024

5136

14

99.73

Feb 2024

4733

7

99.86

GEOAmey

Total moves to Crown Court

Number of contractual delays

Performance %

Sep 2023

4904

2

99.96

Oct 2023

5169

3

99.95

Nov 2023

5559

2

99.97

Dec 2023

4419

1

99.99

Jan 2024

5586

1

99.99

Feb 2024

5223

1

99.99

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