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Prison Service: Manpower

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures his Department is taking to increase (a) the number of prison officers in the prison service and (b) the retention rate of these prison officers; (124829)

(2) if he will publish his projections of numbers of prison officers in each of HM Prison Service prison up until 2012.

Current staffing projections in the public sector Prison Service cover the period up to April 2009. These are contained in the following table.

A central strategy is being developed as part of a programme of work to increase capacity. This will include recruitment of additional officers. The resourcing strategy will also include complementary measures such as appropriate use of detached duty and contracted supplementary hours.

The retention rate for prison officers nationally compares favourably with other organisations. In areas where recruitment and retention are more difficult, higher starting salaries and local pay allowances may operate.

Projected Full-time equivalent prison officers senior officers and principal officers1

As of 1 April each year

Establishment

2007

2008

2009

Acklington

220

220

220

Albany

148

149

150

Ashwell

101

105

109

Askham Grange

29

29

30

Aylesbury

187

187

187

Bedford

141

146

151

Belmarsh

511

530

671

Birmingham

524

525

527

Blakenhurst

256

258

258

Blantyre House

31

38

40

Blundeston

146

146

146

Brinsford

227

243

247

Bristol

232

238

244

Brixton

223

235

244

Brockhill

77

80

82

Buckley Hall

106

106

106

Bullingdon

241

299

302

Bullwood Hall

74

78

82

Camp Hill

162

164

166

Canterbury

100

100

102

Cardiff

244

246

248

Castington

217

219

221

Channings Wood

161

172

172

Chelmsford

213

226

239

Coldingley

91

117

121

Cookham Wood/East Sutton Park

108

109

110

Dartmoor

156

157

158

Deerbolt

183

184

185

Dorchester

105

106

107

Dover

126

128

130

Downview

125

128

131

Drake Hall

83

84

85

Durham

318

323

327

Eastwood Park

148

150

151

Edmunds Hill

125

126

127

Elmley

205

205

205

Erlestoke

114

117

120

Everthorpe

172

172

172

Exeter

181

181

180

Featherstone

139

159

161

Feltham

420

428

435

Ford

63

64

65

Foston Hall

133

141

159

Frankland

561

578

593

Full Sutton

465

470

473

Garth

291

291

291

Gartree

207

210

214

Glen Parva

260

262

263

Gloucester

122

124

125

Grendon

145

150

154

Guys Marsh

136

138

140

Haslar

53

54

54

Haverigg

128

143

147

Hewell Grange

29

29

29

High Down

274

322

321

Highpoint

186

188

190

Hindley

214

229

233

Hollesley Bay

52

52

52

Holloway

262

267

272

Holme House

305

305

305

Hull

338

336

336

Huntercombe

162

164

166

Kennet

?

70

70

Kingston

74

74

74

Kirkham

97

98

99

Kirklevington Grange

45

45

45

Lancaster

87

89

90

Lancaster Farms

245

245

245

Latchmere House

36

36

36

Leeds

362

363

364

Leicester

128

133

137

Lewes

162

164

201

Leyhill

66

68

70

Lincoln

201

201

203

Lindholme

238

238

238

Littlehey

158

198

198

Liverpool

419

423

426

Long Lartin

370

370

406

Low Newton

153

153

153

Maidstone

149

153

157

Manchester

497

508

519

Moorland

321

321

321

Morton Hall

115

115

116

New Hall

215

215

215

North Sea Camp

55

56

57

Northallerton

64

65

66

Norwich

200

227

233

Nottingham

215

220

274

Onley

188

198

212

Parkhurst

180

182

183

Pentonville

386

386

386

Portland

185

198

199

Preston

249

250

250

Ranby

262

249

251

Reading

115

116

116

Risley

287

290

294

Rochester

140

190

191

Send

76

95

98

Shepton Mallet

62

62

62

Shrewsbury

107

111

114

Stafford

156

158

158

Standford Hill

62

62

61

Stocken

151

187

190

Stoke Heath

232

253

257

Styal

186

186

238

Sudbury

67

67

67

Swaleside

206

206

302

Swansea

152

151

151

Swinfen Hall

206

207

208

The Mount

155

169

174

The Veme

107

108

109

Thorn Cross

119

121

124

Usk/Prescoed

92

92

92

Wakefield

411

425

439

Wandsworth

390

394

400

Warren Hill

148

149

149

Wayland

150

210

209

Wealstun

194

194

194

Wellingborough

175

176

176

Werrington

82

85

88

Wetherby

173

229

231

Whatton

198

211

212

Whitemoor

468

471

474

Winchester

190

193

216

Woodhill

455

466

477

Wormwood Scrubs

313

316

318

Wymott

244

249

254

Sheppey Reducing Reoffending2

119

132

145

1 Projections are based on Operational Staffing Requirements as reported by each establishment on a quarterly basis and estimates of the staffing required for new capacity. The new capacity projections are not based on submitted and validated bids but on staffing guidelines. Some of the operational dates may change and some builds do not yet have planning permission. Although not actually within the timeframe of the table a further prison, HMP Ashworth, is due to become operational in 2009-10 with an estimated need for 120 officers. Where a shortfall is currently recorded, this is assumed to fall to negligible levels by April 2009. The projections relate to the number of posts expected to be filled, either through permanent staffing or the use of contracted supplementary hours.

Projected staffing figures are not available for contracted establishments, with the exception of Rye Hill (148 prison custody officers in 2012) and Wolds (106 prison custody officers in 2012). The other contracted establishments employed a total of 1726 prison custody officers on 31 December 2006.

2 Clustered services