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Broadmoor Institution

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 12 May 1949

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77, 78 and 79.

asked the Minister of Health (1) whether he is aware that a claim for improved pay for orderlies employed at Broadmoor Institution, with effect from 1st April, 1948, has been outstanding for many months, and that the Prison Officers' Association, which represents the staffs concerned, cannot obtain either a decision on its claim, or an agreement for the issue to be referred to the Civil Service Arbitration Tribunal; and whether he will take steps to bring the long delay to an end;(2) whether he is aware that certain staffs employed at Broadmoor Institution who are required to spend their nights there for security purposes, are required to pay a rent for the accommodation they occupy, although in a number of cases they have to have their own houses in the vicinity; whether he is aware that the Prison Officers' Association, which represents these staffs, has been seeking for months a decision from the authorities to their claim that this practice should be brought to an end; and whether he will give an immediate decision on this matter;(3) whether he is aware that a decision concerning the pay of student nurses in the Broadmoor Institution has been outstanding since September, 1948; that in consequence of the uncertainty about what the new scales of pay are to be, recruitment to the permanent staff of this already severely under-staffed establish- ment has been in suspense; that in January last the Prison Officers' Association, which represents the staffs concerned, asked for the matter to be referred to the Civil Service Arbitration Tribunal without obtaining any definite decision; and whether he will now come to an immediate decision on this subject.

Under the Criminal Justice Act, 1948, Broadmoor Institution vested in the Minister of Health from the 1st April, 1949, and is managed by the Board of Control who are now responsible in the first instance for staffing matters. I am giving the matter my personal attention and will see that it is brought to an issue immediately.