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Prison Officers (Housing)

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of local authority houses allocated for the specific use of prison officers at each of Her Majesty's prisons in Scotland how many of each allocation is currently vacant and how far this is attributable to married staff living out with official quarters.

12 local authority houses are allocated for the specific use of prison officers. 10 are at Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, and two at Perth Prison. None of these are vacant at present.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total annual value of rent allowances made available to prison officers at each of Her Majesty's prisons in Scotland.

The information requested is as follows:

£
HM Prison, Aberdeen8,952
HM Prison, Barlinnie (includes £6,773 for staff employed at related Longriggend Remand Institution)45,384
HM Prison, Cornton Vale (includes staff employed in the Borstal and Young Offenders Institution)13,002
HM Prison, Dungavel862
HM Prison, Edinburgh25,052
HM Prison, Greenock1,204
HM Prison, Inverness7,729
HM Prison, Low Moss11,271
HM Prison, Penninghame904
HM Prison, Perth29,493
HM Prison, Peterhead12,796

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any evidence that rent allowances to married staff attached to her Majesty's prisons are being cut back if they refuse to live outwith official quarters.

Eight officers of the Scotish Prison Service who are entitled to occupy official quarters live outwith quarters and do not receive rent allowance, as official quarters are available for all of them.