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Prisons: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of service was for (a) a prison guard and (b) other staff in (i) all prisons in England and Wales and (ii) HM Prison Winchester in each of the last five years. (258029)

The average length of service for a prison officer and other staff in all public sector establishments in England and Wales and in HM Prison Winchester in each of the last five years are detailed in the tables. Information for public and private sector prisons are shown separately.

Public sector prisons contribution

Table 1: Average length of service for prison officers and other staff in all public sector establishments

Public sector establishments

Average length of service (years)

Prison officer

Other staff

2004

11.0

6.4

2005

11.1

6.7

2006

11.3

6.9

2007

11.3

7.0

2008

11.4

7.2

Table 2: Average length of service for prison officers and other staff in HMP Winchester

HMP Winchester

Average length of service (years)

Prison officer

Other staff

2004

11.6

6.9

2005

11.6

7.3

2006

11.6

7.8

2007

12.2

7.9

2008

11.3

9.0

Note:

Includes prison officers, senior officers, principal officers in public sector Prison Service.

Private prisons contribution

Information on staffing figures in the contracted estate is not collated centrally and has been requested from each contractor, derived from their own human resources databases. Information has been provided from each contractor Kalyx which manages Bronzefield, Forest Bank and Peterborough; G4S which manages Parc, Altcourse, Rye Hill and Wolds; and Serco which manages Ashfield, Doncaster, Dovegate and Lowdham Grange. Information in the following tables is provided for the contracted sector equivalent of Prison Service prison officers and other staff (non-operational). The data are provided for each year since 2004.

Table 3: Average length of service for prison officers in contracted prisons

Prison

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Altcourse

6

Ashfield

2.05

2.04

2.4

2.58

2.7

Bronzefield

0.5

1.1

1.11

2.5

2.8

Doncaster

7.39

6.94

6.52

5.48

4.46

Dovegate

Forest Bank

1.8

Lowdham Grange

Parc

2

Peterborough

1—

1.11

2.5

3

Rye Hill

2.7

Wolds

8.8

Table 4: Average length of service for other staff in contracted prisonsPrison20042005200620072008Altcourse————6.5Ashfield2.463.23.64.394.9Bronzefield0.51.251.522.5Doncaster2.612.762.462.22.07Dovegate—————Forest Bank————1.7Lowdham Grange—————Parc————2Peterborough—0.11.522.25Rye Hill————4.8Wolds————6.1 Notes:1. HM Prison Bronzefield did not open until June 2004.2. HM Prison Peterborough did not open until March 2005.3. Information before 2008 is not available for HM Prison Altcourse, HM Prison Rye Hill, HM Prison Wolds, HM Prison Parc and HM Prison Forest Bank due to archiving and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.4. HM Prison Dovegate and HM Prison Lowdham Grange have not provided the information requested.