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Prisons

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial penalties have been imposed on private prison contractors in respect of privately operated establishments in each financial year since 1997–98; what the reasons were for each penalty; and whether the imposition of a penalty resulted in each case in the withholding of the corresponding amount from the contractor concerned. [109520]

The following table shows the financial penalties imposed and the reasons for these penalties. Forest Bank prison and young offender institution has not incurred financial deductions.

Number of occasionsPenalty: (£)Reasons (PP= Performance Points)Dates
Altcourse Prison
Operating contractor: Group 4 Falck
012,368.58PPs for Qtr 2 PPs & DoublingSeptember 1998
02195,000.00Qtrs 2, 3 and 4
034,144.97PPs for Qtr 3December 1998
043,954.04PPs for Qtr 4March 1999
053,511.23PPs for Qtr 1June 1999
063,304.27PPs for Qtr 2September 1999
07440.40PPs for Qtr 3December 1999
08108,039.25PPs for Qtr 4February 2000
094.82PPs for Qtr 4March 2000
1034,061.74PPs for Qtr 1May 2000
119.77PPs for Qtr 1June 2000
1272,644PPs for Qtr 4November 2000
Ashfield Young Offender Institution
Operating contractor: Primier Prison Services
0166,310.41PPs for Qtr 4January 2002
02111,552.95PPs for Qtr 1April 2002
03126,026.47PPs for Qtr 2July 2002
0446,417.99PPs for Qtr 3October 2002
Blakenhurst Prison
Former operating contractor: UKDS. Under Prison Service management since 19 August 2001
25,000.00EscapeNovember 1998
Dovegate Prison
Operating contractor:Premier prison Services
01168,015.24PPs for Qtr 1January 2002
02116,807.46PPs for Qtr 2April 2002
03141,774.69PPs for Qtr 3July 2002
Doncaster Prison and Young Offender Institution
Operating contractor: Premier Prison Services
30,000.00EscapeAugust 2001
Lowdham Grange Prison
Operating contractor: Premier Prison Services
01702.00PPs for Qtr 1June 1998
0245,080,00PPs for Qtr 3November 1998
046,334.00PPs for Qtr 4February 1999
0511,865.00PPs for Qtr 4February 2000
065,703.00PPs for Qtr 1May 2001
Parc Prison
Operating contractor: Securicor
0154,782.00PPs for Qtr 4March 1998
021,308.56PPs for Qtr 1July 1998
03298.09Doubling PP's for Qtr 3June 1998
04750,000.00+ doubling PP's for Qtr 1November 1998
057,520.17+ doublingMay 1999
0680,390.38Doubling Qtr 2August 1999
072,296.94Doubling Qtr 2September 1999
08109,329.27Doubling Qtr 3November 1999
09601.77Doubling Qtr 4January 2000
107,708.10PPs for Qtr 1April 2000
115,401.68PPs for Qtr 2July 2000
123,448.07PPs for Qtr 3October 2000
1359.22PPs for Qtr 4January 2001
Number of occasionsPenalty: (£)Reasons (PP= Performance Points)Dates
Rye Hill Prison
Operating contractor: Group 4 Falck
60,000.00EscapeJune 2002
Wolds Prison
Operating contractor: Group 4 Falck
013,607.50PPs for Qtr 3October 1999
0110,432.50PPs for Qtr 4January 2000
0315,353.00PPs for Qtr 2July 2000
049,782.50PPs for Qtr 3October 2000
054,680.00PPs for Qtr 4January 2000
0611,472.50PPs for Qtr 1April 2001
073,724.50PPs for Qtr 2July 2001
With the exception of the £195,000 and £108,039.25 penalties imposed on Altcourse in November 1998 and February 2000, the £750,000 penalty imposed on Parc in November 1998 and the £11,865 penalty imposed on Lowdham Grange in February 2000, the imposition of a penalty resulted in each case in the withholding of the corresponding amount from the contractor concerned. In the case of Altcourse and Parc, the penalties were reduced to take account of early problems with contract monitoring and in the case of Lowdham Grange the penalty was waived in return for a commitment from the contractor to provide additional services beyond the requirements in the contract.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to implement the recommendations of HM Inspector of Prisons following the visits to HM Prison Kingston on 12–16 February 2001 and 5–7 November 2002 with particular reference to elderly prisoners. [110334]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to the prison service on the implementation of recommendations from the visits of HM Inspector to prisons, following the inspection report by HM Inspector of Prisons at HM Prison Kingston on 5–7 November 2002. [110343]

The Prison Service will, as with all such reports, produce an action plan based on each of the recommendations made by the chief inspector. The action plan will set out the Prison Service's response to each recommendation, the action to be taken to implement recommendations and the person responsible, together with a timescale for implementation. The Prison Service accepts the vast majority of recommendations made by the Chief Inspector in all of her reports, and provides updates to me and to the Chief Inspector.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners (a) started sentences in prisons and (b) completed sentences and left prisons in England and Wales in each month between April 2001 and March 2003. [110356]

The number of prisoners who were (a) received under sentence and (b) discharged from sentences in prisons in England and Wales in each month between April 2001 and February 2003 are given in the following table:

Receptions
200120022003
January8,2607,790
February8,4307,590
March8,020
April7,1708,060
May7,7309,030
June7,8206,660
July7,9908,600
August7,9707,670
September7,2007,860
October8,2208,440
November8,0807,730
December5,8905,980
Discharges
200120022003
January6,6007,000
February6,3006,400
March7,500
April6,9007,200
May7,1008,400
June7,1006,200
July7,2008,000
August7,8007,400
September6,7007,100
October7,4007,600
November7,7007,800
December7,6008,700

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners, and in which establishments do prisoners, eat their meals in their cells (a) every day and (b) more than half the week. [110399]

The information is not readily available in the form requested and I shall write to my hon. Friend once it is available. In many cases there will be the option for prisoners to eat meals in cell or while on association. Arrangements will also vary at different mealtimes.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what incentives are given to the operators of private prisons to reduce the rate of recidivism of the inmates they house. [110487]

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor) on 17 March 2003, Official Report, column 588W.