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Prison Service: Vacancies

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff vacancies there are at each (a) prison establishment, (b) HM Prison Service area and (c) private sector prison; and if she will make a statement. (139571)

The shortfall against staffing requirements across the public and private sector Prison Service is shown in the following tables.

A. Shortfall of staffing availability against requirement by establishment 30 April 2007—Public Sector

Prison

Shortfall on unified1 staffing requirement having included CSH2

Shortfall on non-unified staffing requirement having included agency staff

Acklington

Albany

13

Ashwell

5

13

Askham Grange

3

Aylesbury

5

8

Bedford

13

Belmarsh

36

Birmingham

10

23

Blakenhurst

6

18

Blantyre House

1

2

Blundeston

4

Brinsford

15

1

Bristol

7

6

Brixton

18

9

Brockhill

8

Buckley Hall

3

Bullingdon

1

5

Bullwood Hall

1

16

Camp Hill

4

Canterbury

2

8

Cardiff

6

10

Castington

6

6

Channings Wood

4

Chelmsford

9

10

Coldingley

3

6

Cookham wood/East Sutton Park

2

11

Dartmoor

4

Deerbolt

4

2

Dorchester

4

3

Dover

6

Downview

3

1

Drake Hall

3

1

Durham

7

12

Eastwood Park

16

Edmunds Hill

1

6

Elmley

2

Erlestoke

5

15

Everthorpe

8

Exeter

5

4

Featherstone

10

Feltham

2

87

Ford

5

12

Foston Hall

5

4

Frankland

12

37

Full Sutton

18

2

Garth

30

Gartree

2

11

Glen Parva

8

25

Gloucester

6

Grendon

10

4

Guys Marsh

14

8

Haslar

2

3

Haverigg

Hewell Grange

1

3

High Down

31

19

Highpoint

7

9

Hindley

7

Hollesley Bay

4

Holloway

12

9

Holme House

Hull

13

Huntercombe

6

9

Kingston

3

1

Kirkham

5

19

Kirklevington Grange

1

Lancaster

Lancaster Farms

Latchmere House

1

10

Leeds

10

Leicester

10

Lewes

9

Leyhill

1

18

Lincoln

4

Lindholme

Littlehey

8

Liverpool

8

Long Lartin

3

9

Low Newton

5

Maidstone

10

Manchester

46

Moorland

Morton Hall

New Hall

2

3

North Sea Camp

2

1

Northallerton

5

3

Norwich

13

Nottingham

13

9

Onley

8

12

Parkhurst

4

6

Pentonville

3

Portland

1

Preston

Ranby

12

8

Reading

1

Risley

Rochester

Send

6

4

Shepton Mallet

1

Shrewsbury

3

Stafford

5

14

Standford Hill

Stocken

3

Stoke Heath

14

5

Styal

20

Sudbury

2

9

Swaleside

2

Swansea

3

Swinfen Hall

0

23

The Mount

6

9

The Verne

3

14

Thorn Cross

2

1

Usk/Prescoed

1

5

Wakefield

21

39

Wandsworth

6

84

Warren Hill

0

Wayland

2

Wealstun

5

Wellingborough

6

15

Werrington

6

4

Wetherby

11

12

Whatton

3

11

Whitemoor

49

Winchester

Woodhill

18

32

Wormwood Scrubs

4

Wymott

14

Sheppey Reducing Reoffending

18

B. Shortfall of staffing availability against requirement by operational area 30 April 2007—Public Sector

Area

Shortfall on unified staffing requirement having included CSH

Shortfall on non-unified staffing requirement having included agency staff

East Midlands

68

130

Eastern

22

91

High security prisons

71

249

Kent and Sussex

32

55

London

42

201

North East

17

26

North West

17

90

South Central

75

77

South West

44

92

Wales

10

15

West Midlands

77

89

Yorkshire and Humberside

31

42

1 Unified staff are officer grade staff and operational managers.

2 CSH—Contracted supplementary hours.

Notes on public sector prison figures:

1. The shortfall is shown after accounting for the contribution of contracted supplementary hours and agency staff.

2. The totals have not been offset by surpluses at other locations but have been offset by surpluses in individual grades within one site.

3. A dash represents an establishment that is either fully staffed or reporting a surplus. A zero represents a shortfall of a fraction of a post that rounds to zero.

4. The columns in the table cannot sensibly be added together to find an overall level of shortfall. This is because dashes represent either no shortfall or an unstated level of surplus that could be used to offset overall staffing variances.

5 The information is derived from the Personnel Corporate Database, Oracle HRMS and quarterly forecast change forms. These systems are liable to the normal inaccuracies associated with any large-scale reporting systems.

C. Short fall of staffing availability against requirement by establishment 31 March 2007—Private Sector

Shortfall on staffing requirement

Prison

Operational

Non-operational

Altcourse (GSL)

10

8

Ashfield (SERCO)

15

19

Bronzefield (KALYX)

11

4

Doncaster (SERCO)

6

12

Dovegate (SERCO)

12

4

Forest Bank (KALYX)

6

4

Lowdham Grange (SERCO)

9

12

PARC (G4S)

0

15

Peterborough (KALYX)

0

15

Rye Hill (GSL)

2

0

Wolds (GSL)

12

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