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1005861
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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 remove filter
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, 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>
star 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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4137
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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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
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
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
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>
star 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 remove filter
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
star 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
star this property answering member
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
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
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
star 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
star this property answering member
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
1006015
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
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 information his Department holds on individual prison custody officers approved 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 190939 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>
star 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
190561 more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T17:05:18.043Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T17:05:18.043Z
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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
1020627
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-06more like thismore than 2018-12-06
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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 remove filter
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 16 November 2018 to Question 188131 on Prisons: Private Sector, what criteria his Department uses to decide which prison accommodation is classed as unsuitable. 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 199900 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 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
unstar this property answer text <p>As set out in my answer to PQ 188131, the Government is committed to building up to 10,000 modern, safe and decent prison places to replace old, expensive and unsuitable accommodation so that Governors can achieve better educational, training and rehabilitative outcomes.</p><p> </p><p>There are a variety of factors that inform decisions to classify prison accommodation as being unsuitable. These include physical condition, age, cost of maintenance and/or operation, strategic fit with demand and needs of the prisoner population, rehabilitative suitability, access to services and the number of hours a prisoner would spend in their cell.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to focus on safety and decency in the prison estate. Last July, the Justice Secretary announced an investment of £30 million in prisons to enhance safety, security and decency across the estate. This includes a £16m investment in improving the fabric of prisons, targeting those with the most pressing maintenance issues so that we can start bringing them back up to acceptable standards.</p><p> </p><p>As announced in the 2018 Budget, an additional £30 million will be spent on prisons this financial year on top of the £30 million announced in July. This will go towards further improvements to safety, security and decency on top of those already announced.</p>
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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less than 2018-12-11T16:43:08.677Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-11T16:43:08.677Z
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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
1020793
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-07more like thismore than 2018-12-07
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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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Statement of 29 November 2018 on Prisons Update, Official Report HCWS1123, what criteria his Department plans to use to decide which unsuitable accommodation is to be closed and replaced by 10,000 modern prison places. 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 200144 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 2018-12-12more like thismore than 2018-12-12
unstar this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>Further to my written statement on 29 November, the Government is committed to building up to 10,000 modern, safe and decent prison places to replace old, expensive and unsuitable accommodation so that Governors can achieve better educational, training and rehabilitative outcomes. As I set out in my answer to PQ 199900, there are a variety of factors that inform decisions to classify prison accommodation as being unsuitable. These include physical condition, age, cost of maintenance and/or operation, strategic fit with demand and needs of the prisoner population, rehabilitative suitability, access to services and the number of hours a prisoner would spend in their cell. No decisions have been made about any future prison closures. Construction of the first two new build resettlement prisons at Wellingborough and then Glen Parva is expected to begin in late 2018 and late 2019, with completion planned for early 2021 and 2022 respectively. We continue to focus on safety and decency in the prison estate. Last July, the Justice Secretary announced an investment of £30 million in prisons to enhance safety, security and decency across the estate. This includes a £16m investment in improving the fabric of prisons, targeting those with the most pressing maintenance issues so that we can start bringing them back up to acceptable standards. As announced in the 2018 Budget, an additional £30 million will be spent on prisons this financial year on top of the £30 million announced in July. This will go towards further improvements to safety, security and decency on top of those already announced.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
star 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
200145 more like this
200146 more like this
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less than 2018-12-12T17:01:29.183Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-12T17:01:29.183Z
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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
1028708
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-19more like thismore than 2018-12-19
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
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 12 December 2018 to Question 200148 on Prisons Officers: Private Sector, who within his Department is responsible for ensuring that privately-managed prison establishments are operated safely and securely. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dwyfor Meirionnydd more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Liz Saville Roberts more like this
star this property uin 203960 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 2019-01-11more like thismore than 2019-01-11
unstar this property answer text <p>As we have previously stated, the contracts between the Department and all private prison providers require the Contractor to be responsible for all staffing matters, including ensuring the availability of sufficiently trained and experienced staff to maintain safe and decent prisons. There is no requirement in the contracts to inform the Department of staffing levels in privately managed prisons, nor agree those levels with the Department. There have been no changes made to the required staffing information since 2012. The Government does not publish workforce statistics on prison custody officers in post at any privately managed prison.</p><p> </p><p>Each privately managed prison has a full-time on-site Controller employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) whose role it is to monitor performance at the prison across a range of indicators. Any concerns in relation to these performance indicators are discussed with the provider, and, where necessary, appropriate action is taken in accordance with the contract. If the contract management team are concerned that outcomes are affected by problems related to staffing, based on local intelligence the controller observes on site, then this will form part of contract management processes and procedures and dialogue will be had with the provider. If we require outcomes to be improved we will expect that action by the provider will address any matters of staffing, such as levels of attrition.</p><p> </p><p>We hold both public and private sector prisons to account for the outcomes they deliver.</p><p> </p><p>As the Department does not currently collect workforce data from private prison providers, to publish these or require the provider to do so would require significant changes to the contracts of all private prison providers and we currently have no plans to do this.</p><p> </p><p>As set out in my Written Ministerial Statement on 29 November, this Government remains committed to a role for the private sector in operating custodial services. As part of the competition process, we will undertake rigorous operational and financial assessments of bids put forward, including staffing commitments. The performance of all providers is, and will continue to be, robustly managed and contracts for the operation of new prisons will not be awarded unless bids meet quality and value for money thresholds.</p>
star 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
203956 more like this
203957 more like this
203958 more like this
203959 more like this
203961 more like this
203962 more like this
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less than 2019-01-11T14:44:19.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-11T14:44:19.56Z
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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
1028710
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-19more like thismore than 2018-12-19
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
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, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2018 to Question 200148 on Prisons Officers: Private Sector, for what reasons operators of privately-managed prisons are not required to meet the same transparency standards as those required for publicly operated prisons. 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 203961 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 2019-01-11more like thismore than 2019-01-11
unstar this property answer text <p>As we have previously stated, the contracts between the Department and all private prison providers require the Contractor to be responsible for all staffing matters, including ensuring the availability of sufficiently trained and experienced staff to maintain safe and decent prisons. There is no requirement in the contracts to inform the Department of staffing levels in privately managed prisons, nor agree those levels with the Department. There have been no changes made to the required staffing information since 2012. The Government does not publish workforce statistics on prison custody officers in post at any privately managed prison.</p><p> </p><p>Each privately managed prison has a full-time on-site Controller employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) whose role it is to monitor performance at the prison across a range of indicators. Any concerns in relation to these performance indicators are discussed with the provider, and, where necessary, appropriate action is taken in accordance with the contract. If the contract management team are concerned that outcomes are affected by problems related to staffing, based on local intelligence the controller observes on site, then this will form part of contract management processes and procedures and dialogue will be had with the provider. If we require outcomes to be improved we will expect that action by the provider will address any matters of staffing, such as levels of attrition.</p><p> </p><p>We hold both public and private sector prisons to account for the outcomes they deliver.</p><p> </p><p>As the Department does not currently collect workforce data from private prison providers, to publish these or require the provider to do so would require significant changes to the contracts of all private prison providers and we currently have no plans to do this.</p><p> </p><p>As set out in my Written Ministerial Statement on 29 November, this Government remains committed to a role for the private sector in operating custodial services. As part of the competition process, we will undertake rigorous operational and financial assessments of bids put forward, including staffing commitments. The performance of all providers is, and will continue to be, robustly managed and contracts for the operation of new prisons will not be awarded unless bids meet quality and value for money thresholds.</p>
star 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
203956 more like this
203957 more like this
203958 more like this
203959 more like this
203960 more like this
203962 more like this
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less than 2019-01-11T14:44:19.607Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-11T14:44:19.607Z
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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
1028711
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-19more like thismore than 2018-12-19
star this property answering body
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 remove filter
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, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2018 to Question 200148 on Prisons Officers: Private Sector, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring operators of privately-managed prison to publish the same workforce data as publicly operated prisons. 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 203962 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>As we have previously stated, the contracts between the Department and all private prison providers require the Contractor to be responsible for all staffing matters, including ensuring the availability of sufficiently trained and experienced staff to maintain safe and decent prisons. There is no requirement in the contracts to inform the Department of staffing levels in privately managed prisons, nor agree those levels with the Department. There have been no changes made to the required staffing information since 2012. The Government does not publish workforce statistics on prison custody officers in post at any privately managed prison.</p><p> </p><p>Each privately managed prison has a full-time on-site Controller employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) whose role it is to monitor performance at the prison across a range of indicators. Any concerns in relation to these performance indicators are discussed with the provider, and, where necessary, appropriate action is taken in accordance with the contract. If the contract management team are concerned that outcomes are affected by problems related to staffing, based on local intelligence the controller observes on site, then this will form part of contract management processes and procedures and dialogue will be had with the provider. If we require outcomes to be improved we will expect that action by the provider will address any matters of staffing, such as levels of attrition.</p><p> </p><p>We hold both public and private sector prisons to account for the outcomes they deliver.</p><p> </p><p>As the Department does not currently collect workforce data from private prison providers, to publish these or require the provider to do so would require significant changes to the contracts of all private prison providers and we currently have no plans to do this.</p><p> </p><p>As set out in my Written Ministerial Statement on 29 November, this Government remains committed to a role for the private sector in operating custodial services. As part of the competition process, we will undertake rigorous operational and financial assessments of bids put forward, including staffing commitments. The performance of all providers is, and will continue to be, robustly managed and contracts for the operation of new prisons will not be awarded unless bids meet quality and value for money thresholds.</p>
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