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Prison Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff are suspended from duty within HM Prison Service; what estimate he has made of the cost of these suspensions; and if he will make a statement. (159433)

The public sector Prison Service does not currently hold detailed central records of all staff suspensions. This information is recorded at a local level. The Service does, however, monitor suspensions which have exceeded three months' duration and has done so since March 2006.

Detailed records of all suspensions could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the longest period is for which a member of staff of HM Prison Service has been suspended (a) at the current time and (b) at any time; what the estimated cost is of such suspensions; and if he will make a statement. (159435)

In the public sector Prison Service, details of long-term suspensions have only been collated centrally since March 2006. Establishments and groups submit records of long term suspensions to headquarters on a monthly basis. According to September’s records, the longest period for which a member of staff has been suspended at the current time is 518 days. In this particular case, the internal investigation was delayed pending the outcome of criminal proceedings. The estimated salary cost associated with this suspension is £45,000.

Historical data are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.