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Prison Service: Working Hours

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per week HM Prison Service non-operational grade managers in receipt of required hours allowance payments are expected to work; and if he will make a statement. (124750)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: The criteria for the payment of required hours allowance (RHA) are laid out in the 2001 Pay Code—Phase 1 Pay and Grading. This does not identify a weekly rate to qualify for payment of this allowance, which is paid only if the post meets the criteria specified as follows: RHA is considered payable for those Prison Service manager posts where the role requires regular unpredictable and unsociable working hours by the post holder. This will apply to both operational and non-operational staff in receipt of RHA.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the time off in lieu hours accrued in HM Prison Service; what steps he is taking to ensure that such time is taken within the required five week period; what the outstanding total was of time off in lieu hours for the Prison Service (a) at the end of each of the last five years and (b) in the last month for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (125052)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: Time off in lieu (TOIL) is managed locally in establishments, with oversight by Prison Service area managers.

Accurate information in the form requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.