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Ashwell Prison

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers are employed at HM Prison (HMP) Ashwell; and whether any prison officers at HMP Ashwell have been relocated to other prisons following the disturbance on 11 April 2009. (273534)

There are currently 117.5 prison officers employed at HMP Ashwell, two less than the present target staffing figure. The 117.5 are made up of 91 officers, 21 senior officers and 5.5 principal officers.

Since 1 June 2009, 20 officers and three senior officers have been carrying out temporary detached duty at other prisons within the East Midlands region. The remainder of the unified staff are engaged in normal business running the prison, which still holds 204 prisoners in the secure areas of the prison that were not damaged in the disturbance on 11 April 2009. They are additionally continuing the process of clearing up the establishment, bringing back into use work areas damaged during the disturbance, and recovering and returning prisoners’ property from the damaged areas of the prison to those prisoners that have been transferred.