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Prisons

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances police cells in West Yorkshire would be used to house prisoners to relieve prison overcrowding. (100968)

In the event of increasing prisoner population pressures in the West Yorkshire area, West Yorkshire police would be asked whether accommodation was available for use under Operation Safeguard to relieve prison overcrowding.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many investigations into officers’ conduct were undertaken at (a) HMP Wymott and (b) HMP Garth in each of the last three years; (101923)

(2) what the average number of investigations into prison officers’ conduct per prison in England and Wales was in each of the last three years.

The average number of investigations registered into the conduct of officers, which include Senior Officer and Principal Officer, for all prisons in England and Wales is set out in the following table:

The average number of investigations registered into the conduct of officers

As at 17 November to 16 November each year:

Wymott

Garth

Average England and Wales1

2003-04

13

3

12

2004-05

12

4

12

2005-06

9

8

10

1 To nearest whole number

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of the work-life balance arrangements for prison officers. (101928)

The Prison Service has had a work-life balance policy in place since April 2003. This policy is open to all staff regardless of grade or rank, their working location or their status as parents.

This policy has not been assessed since its implementation, although the Prison Service staff survey tracks perceptions about work-life balance issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations against prison staff have been made by prisoners since the offence of making a false and malicious allegation was abolished; and how many such allegations have been upheld in this period. (102372)

Details on allegations against staff by prisoners are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.