Skip to main content

Prison Governors: Travel

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines apply to the use by prison governors of first class accommodation on the railways; if he will place a copy of those guidelines in the Library; what estimate he has made of the cost to HM Prison Service incurred by prison governors travelling in first class accommodation rather than standard class accommodation; and if he will make a statement. (153679)

Prison Service travel policy is set out in Prison Service Order 8650. Paragraph 5.2 of this document lists those grades of employees who are entitled to travel first class on official duty. Since its publication the service’s grade structure has changed twice, but the qualifying grade level has not altered. Based on the current grade structure managers F and above can travel first class. This incorporates governors and other managerial staff.

Prison Service official travel is currently paid from one generic budget code relating to all modes and class of transport and all grades of staff. While each individual prison establishment could advise on its total spend, they would not be able to determine the class or grade.