Political News Updates

11.06.2014

Prison Service

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on what occasions prisons have used detached duty staff from other establishments since 1 September 2013; [199480]
(2) how many staff of each grade were used as part of the detached duty arrangements in each month since December 2013; [199481]
(3) how many staff of each grade were available for detached duty arrangements in each month since December 2013; [199482]
(4) which prisons received how many detached duty staff of each grade in each month since December 2013; [199483]
(5) how much was spent on accommodation and subsistence for prison officers providing detached duty in prisons in (a) January, (b) February, (c) March and (d) April 2014. [199502]
Jeremy Wright: The deployment of staff between prisons on detached duty is a regular and normal part of prison resourcing. It allows staff to be allocated from prisons with the capacity to provide them, to those where additional staffing is required. On average over the three month period (January to March 2013), less than 1% of staff were provided on detached duty. A large proportion of the capacity is typically available from prisons that are in the process of closure or going through a re-role. This process temporarily releases a number of officers who are not supplied for specific occasions but are sent and received on a shift pattern throughout the week.
The number of staff available for detached duty at any one time is a matter for operational judgment and takes account of overall staff numbers, levels of sickness, prisoner numbers and the regime and security requirements.
The average weekly provision of staff, broken down by grade, that were received as part of the nationally co-ordinated detached duty scheme , are shown in the tables below for January to March 2014.

Table: Average weekly provision of staff on detached duty to prisons in England and Wales, broken down by grade, January-March 2014

Grade

January 2014

February 2014

March 2014

Band 3

200

150

130

Band 4

10

10

-

Total

210

160

130

We have maintained our policy of rounding figures to the nearest 10 in line with the department’s policy for presenting staffing data. The data is only accurate to this level because late updating of data within HR systems means that the unrounded figures recorded for a specific date have a margin of error around them. Totals are formed from unrounded parts prior to rounding. For this reason, rounded totals may not equal the sum of their rounded parts. Values of 5 or fewer are denoted as ‘-’.

Table: List of prisons receiving staff on detached duty by average weekly full-time equivalent provision and grade, January - March 2014

 

Jan-14

Feb-14

Mar-14

Staffing provision

Band 3

Band 4

Band 3

Band 4

Band 3

5 or fewer

Aylesbury

Brixton

Aylesbury

Brixton

Aylesbury

 

Bedford

Coldingley

Bedford

Coldingley

Brinsford

 

Belmarsh

Guys Marsh

Brinsford

Guys Marsh

Bullingdon

 

Brinsford

Wormwood Scrubs

Brixton

Wormwood Scrubs

Cookham Wood

 

Bristol

 

Bullingdon

 

Gartree

 

Brixton

 

Cookham Wood

 

Glen Parva

 

Bullingdon

 

Durham

 

Guys Marsh

 

Coldingley

 

Gartree

 

Haverigg

 

Cookham Wood

 

Guys Marsh

 

High Down

 

Durham

 

Haverigg

 

Hindley

 

Erlestoke

 

High Down

 

Isis

 

Gartree

 

Hindley

 

Isle of Wight

 

Haverigg

 

Holloway

 

Leicester

 

Hindley

 

Humber

 

Lindholme and Moorland

 

Holloway

 

Isis

 

Onley

 

Humber

 

Leicester

 

Pentonville

 

Isle of Wight

 

Onley

 

Sheppey Cluster

 

Leicester

 

Send

 

Stocken

 

Manchester

 

Stocken

 

The Mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham

 

The Mount

 

Wayland

 

Onley

 

Wayland

 

Werrington

 

Send

 

Werrington

 

Winchester

 

Sheppey Cluster

 

Winchester

 

 

 

Stocken

 

Wormwood Scrubs

 

 

 

Wandsworth

 

 

 

 

 

Werrington

 

 

 

 

 

Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

Woodhill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Glen Parva

High Down

Belmarsh

High Down

Belmarsh

 

Guys Marsh

 

Glen Parva

 

Feltham

 

High Down

 

Isle of Wight

 

Littlehey

 

Isis

 

Lindholme and Moorland

 

Manchester

 

Lindholme and Moorland

 

Littlehey

 

Nottingham

 

Littlehey

 

Manchester

 

Portland

 

Norwich

 

Pentonville

 

Rochester

 

Pentonville

 

Portland

 

Woodhill

 

Rochester

 

Rochester

 

 

 

The Mount

 

Sheppey Cluster

 

 

 

Wayland

 

Woodhill

 

 

 

Wormwood Scrubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Feltham

 

Feltham

 

Various London Prisons

 

Portland

 

 

 

 

Using centrally held financial records it is not possible, without incurring disproportionate cost, to disaggregate the costs of accommodation and subsistence claimed for detached duty from other expenses claimed by staff.