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1003863
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Drugs: Rehabilitation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements granted by courts in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 189771 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
unstar this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>The table below shows the number of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs) commenced under community orders and suspended sentence orders in England and Wales since 2013. There is no available data with a separation of figures for the two countries. <table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of DRRs commenced </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013 </strong></p></td><td><p>13,664</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014 </strong></p></td><td><p>12,951</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015</strong></p></td><td><p>11,780</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2016 </strong></p></td><td><p>9,698</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017 </strong></p></td><td><p>8,719</p></td></tr></tbody></table>We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England to develop a protocol to support greater use of community sentences with treatment requirements (CSTRs) in courts, including DRRs. The CSTR protocol sets out what is expected from all relevant agencies to ensure improved access to treatment for offenders who need it. It focuses on reducing reoffending by addressing the health needs of offenders that may be contributing to their offending behaviour. The protocol is operating across five courts within England (as health is devolved in Wales). These sites are Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Sefton and Plymouth.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
unstar this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2018-11-15T17:29:31.317Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:29:31.317Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1003868
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Cannabis: Rehabilitation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Drug Rehabilitation Requirements granted in courts in (a) England and (b) Wales have had a condition for testing cannabis in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 189772 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
unstar this property answer text <p>Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs) ordered in courts include a condition for regular drug testing, however these are not specific to a drug. Therefore, the available data is for the number of such treatment requirements granted at courts.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the number of DRRs commenced under community orders and suspended sentence orders in England and Wales since 2013.</p><p> </p><p>There is no available data with a separation of figures for the two countries.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of DRRs commenced </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013 </strong></p></td><td><p>13,664</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014 </strong></p></td><td><p>12,951</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015</strong></p></td><td><p>11,780</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2016 </strong></p></td><td><p>9,698</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017 </strong></p></td><td><p>8,719</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England to develop a protocol to support greater use of community sentences with treatment requirements (CSTRs) in courts, including DRRs.</p><p> </p><p>The CSTR protocol sets out what is expected from all relevant agencies to ensure improved access to treatment for offenders who need it. It focuses on reducing reoffending by addressing the health needs of offenders that may be contributing to their offending behaviour.</p><p> </p><p>The protocol is operating across five courts within England (as health is devolved in Wales). These sites are Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Sefton and Plymouth.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2018-11-15T17:28:07.807Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:28:07.807Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1003870
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-09more like thismore than 2018-11-09
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Cannabis: Rehabilitation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Drug Rehabilitation Requirements granted by courts in England have a (a) weekly, and (b) monthly testing condition for cannabis. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 189773 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
unstar this property answer text <p>Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs) ordered in courts include a condition for regular drug testing, however these are not specific to a drug and there is no available data with a breakdown of drug testing frequency.</p><p> </p><p>This information can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England to develop a protocol to support greater use of community sentences with treatment requirements (CSTRs) in courts, including DRRs.</p><p> </p><p>The CSTR protocol sets out what is expected from all relevant agencies to ensure improved access to treatment for offenders who need it. It focuses on reducing reoffending by addressing the health needs of offenders that may be contributing to their offending behaviour.</p><p> </p><p>The protocol is operating across five courts within England (as health is devolved in Wales). These sites are Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Sefton and Plymouth.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2018-11-15T17:30:24.553Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:30:24.553Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1005696
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Cannabis: Rehabilitation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements with cannabis testing conditions on reducing rates of reoffending. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 190515 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
unstar this property answer text <p>Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs) include a condition for regular drug testing. However, these are not specific to a drug.</p><p> </p><p>There is good evidence from a Ministry of Justice (MOJ)-Public Health England (PHE) data share that community based drug and alcohol treatment can be effective in reducing reoffending. Recently published experimental statistics show that among those who committed an offence in the two years before undergoing drug or alcohol treatment, there was a 33% reduction in the number of offences they committed in the subsequent two years. Forty-four percent of offenders did not go on to reoffend in the subsequent two years following treatment.</p><p> </p><p>We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and PHE to develop a protocol to support greater use of community sentences with treatment requirements (CSTRs) in courts, including DRRs.</p><p> </p><p>The CSTR protocol focuses on reducing reoffending by addressing the health needs of offenders that may be contributing to their offending behaviour. This is operating across five courts within England (as health is devolved in Wales). These sites are Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Sefton and Plymouth.</p><p> </p><p>DHSC has led an evaluation of the implementation of the protocol across the five sites, looking at aspects of CSTRs that are working well and changes in the use of CSTRs over the evaluation period. The evaluation report will be published early next year.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2018-11-15T17:32:02.453Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T17:32:02.453Z
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4517
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1005861
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Prisons: Private Sector more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2018 to Question 172523 on Prisons: Private Sector, when his Department stopped holding data on the number of staff certified under Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 190556 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
unstar this property answer text <p>With regards to when the Ministry of Justice stopped holding data on the number of certified staff and the reasons for doing so, it may help if I explain that the MoJ has never collected this information. Whilst Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 confirms that a Prison Custody Officer (PCO) is approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of performing escort and custodial duties, it does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish the information requested.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State approves PCOs for the purpose of performing escort functions or custodial duties or both and PCO’s are accordingly authorised to perform them. However, there is not a process in place whereby the Secretary of State formally issues certificates to new PCOs, and as mentioned previously, Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish such information.</p><p> </p><p>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. Therefore, all staff working in privately managed prisons are fully certified and, as such, the figures we hold, and have provided on several occasions, include the funded posts for fully certified staff.</p><p>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.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
190557 more like this
190560 more like this
190561 more like this
190939 more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T17:05:17.873Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T17:05:17.873Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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86232
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1005862
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Prisons: Private Sector more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2018 to Question 172523 on Prisons: Private Sector, for what reason his Department stopped holding data on the number of staff at each privately operated prison certified under Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 190557 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
unstar this property answer text <p>With regards to when the Ministry of Justice stopped holding data on the number of certified staff and the reasons for doing so, it may help if I explain that the MoJ has never collected this information. Whilst Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 confirms that a Prison Custody Officer (PCO) is approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of performing escort and custodial duties, it does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish the information requested.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State approves PCOs for the purpose of performing escort functions or custodial duties or both and PCO’s are accordingly authorised to perform them. However, there is not a process in place whereby the Secretary of State formally issues certificates to new PCOs, and as mentioned previously, Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish such information.</p><p> </p><p>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. Therefore, all staff working in privately managed prisons are fully certified and, as such, the figures we hold, and have provided on several occasions, include the funded posts for fully certified staff.</p><p>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.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
190556 more like this
190560 more like this
190561 more like this
190939 more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T17:05:17.92Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T17:05:17.92Z
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4137
star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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86235
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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4137
star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1005863
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Prisons: Private Sector more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2018 to Question 172523 on Prisons: Private Sector, what grades of staff are covered by the term funded posts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 190558 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
unstar this property answer text <p>The contract price for privately managed prisons includes the cost of providing all staff with the required skills and experience necessary for the provision of the services as set out in the contract. This includes, but is not limited to, administrative staff, Prison Custody Officers (PCOs) and Operational Support Grades (OSGs). The Ministry of Justice does not mandate staffing numbers and it is the responsibility of the Contractor to determine and maintain the number of staff necessary to discharge the requirements of the contract and ensure that staff are sufficiently trained to undertake their duties.</p><p> </p><p>The performance of all providers continues to be robustly managed. We will not hesitate to take action if and when standards fall short.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 190559 more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T17:20:51.593Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T17:20:51.593Z
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4137
star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1005864
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Prisons: Private Sector more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 September 2018 to Question 172523, on Prisons: Private Sector, who decides (a) which posts are classed as funded posts and (b) the number of funded posts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 190559 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
unstar this property answer text <p>The contract price for privately managed prisons includes the cost of providing all staff with the required skills and experience necessary for the provision of the services as set out in the contract. This includes, but is not limited to, administrative staff, Prison Custody Officers (PCOs) and Operational Support Grades (OSGs). The Ministry of Justice does not mandate staffing numbers and it is the responsibility of the Contractor to determine and maintain the number of staff necessary to discharge the requirements of the contract and ensure that staff are sufficiently trained to undertake their duties.</p><p> </p><p>The performance of all providers continues to be robustly managed. We will not hesitate to take action if and when standards fall short.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 190558 more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T17:20:51.647Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T17:20:51.647Z
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4137
star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1005865
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Prison Officers: Recruitment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many new Officer Certificates under Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 have been issued by his Department in each month since January 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 190560 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
unstar this property answer text <p>With regards to when the Ministry of Justice stopped holding data on the number of certified staff and the reasons for doing so, it may help if I explain that the MoJ has never collected this information. Whilst Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 confirms that a Prison Custody Officer (PCO) is approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of performing escort and custodial duties, it does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish the information requested.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State approves PCOs for the purpose of performing escort functions or custodial duties or both and PCO’s are accordingly authorised to perform them. However, there is not a process in place whereby the Secretary of State formally issues certificates to new PCOs, and as mentioned previously, Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish such information.</p><p> </p><p>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. Therefore, all staff working in privately managed prisons are fully certified and, as such, the figures we hold, and have provided on several occasions, include the funded posts for fully certified staff.</p><p>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.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
190556 more like this
190557 more like this
190561 more like this
190939 more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T17:05:17.967Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T17:05:17.967Z
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4137
star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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86233
star this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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4137
star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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4521
unstar this property label Biography information for Liz Saville Roberts remove filter
1005866
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Prison Officers more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officer certificates under Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 have been withdrawn by his Department in each month since January 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
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Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 190561 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
unstar this property answer text <p>With regards to when the Ministry of Justice stopped holding data on the number of certified staff and the reasons for doing so, it may help if I explain that the MoJ has never collected this information. Whilst Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 confirms that a Prison Custody Officer (PCO) is approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of performing escort and custodial duties, it does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish the information requested.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State approves PCOs for the purpose of performing escort functions or custodial duties or both and PCO’s are accordingly authorised to perform them. However, there is not a process in place whereby the Secretary of State formally issues certificates to new PCOs, and as mentioned previously, Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 does not oblige the Secretary of State to collect or publish such information.</p><p> </p><p>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. Therefore, all staff working in privately managed prisons are fully certified and, as such, the figures we hold, and have provided on several occasions, include the funded posts for fully certified staff.</p><p>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.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
190556 more like this
190557 more like this
190560 more like this
190939 more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T17:05:18.013Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T17:05:18.013Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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