Political News Updates

13.05.2014

Northumberland Prison

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade were employed at HM Prison Northumberland on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014; [107175]
(2) what the days staffing levels were against the (a) benchmark and (b) baseline staffing level at the time of the disturbance of HM Prison Northumberland on Saturday 29 March 2014; [197062]
(3) what shortfalls in staffing (a) including and (b) excluding temporary cover against Target B3 staffing levels there were at the time of the disturbance of HM Prison Northumberland on Saturday 29 March 2014; [197063]
(4) how many full-time equivalent prison officers were employed and how many such staff were off sick at HM Prison Northumberland on Saturday 29 March 2014; [197064]
(5) whether HM Prison Northumberland was (a) contributing staff to and (b) receiving staff as part of the detached duty programme on Saturday 29 March 2014; [197065]
(6) what change in full time equivalent staff of each grade there has been at HM Prison Northumberland since the running of the prison was transferred to Sodexo; [197097]

Jeremy Wright: The information requested could not be obtained within the timescale. I will write to the Member in due course.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at what time the disturbance at HM Prison Northumberland on 29 March 2014 began; when it ceased; how many prisoners were involved in that disturbance; what injuries were sustained by prisoners and officers; how many prison officers were used to quell the disturbance; and what resources external to the prison were called on to assist in quelling the disturbance. [197066]

Jeremy Wright: A disturbance took place in part of one wing at HM Prison Northumberland on 29 March 2014. It began at approximately 4.45 pm and the affected wing was secured at 00.35 am on 30 March 2014 with no resistance from prisoners. 57 prisoners were involved with one reporting that he had been assaulted during the incident. No staff injuries were reported and minimal damage was caused.

In response to the incident, Gold Command based at National Offender Management Service (NOMS) headquarters, was opened in support of management locally. In line with normal procedure, mutual aid arrangements involved 84 prison officers, together with local staff, were deployed. The National Tactical Response Group and National Dogs and Technical Support Group, as routine in such incidents, were also activated.