Political News Updates

15.06.2014

Prisons: Employment

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many jobs have been created by One3One Solutions (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each Prison Service region in each of the last four years; [199504]

(2) how many prisoners were in employment provided by One3One Solutions in (a) England and Wales and (b) each Prison Service region in each of the last four years. [199505]

Jeremy Wright: Information is not available to identify separately prison work places specifically attributed to ONE3ONE Solutions, as prisoner work is sourced both by the central ONE3ONE team and by prisons locally.

The number of prisoners working in industrial activity in public sector prisons in England and Wales increased from around 8,600 in 2010-11 (the first year for which figures are available) to around 9,700 in 2012-13. This was achieved without increasing operating costs to the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

Private sector prisons have also been supporting this agenda and have reported that they provided work for some 1,200 prisoners in 2012-13.

In addition, there are substantial number of prisoners who work in prisons on tasks such as cooking, serving meals, maintenance and cleaning.

Figures for public sector prisons are published in the NOMS annual report management information addendum, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/225225/mi-addendum.pdf

Historical data broken down by Prison Service region would need to be extracted from different management information systems, quality checked, recorded and formatted. This would incur disproportionate cost.