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Prison Governors

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at which prisons there has been (a) a change of governor and (b) the introduction of an acting governor for one month or more in each of the last five years; when each such change occurred; and what the names were of the governors involved in each change. (297706)

During the past five years all public sector prisons have had at least one change of governor in charge. It is the policy of the National Offender Management Service to move governors to different types of establishment to enhance their experience and for reasons of self development. When governing governors transfer, the gap between permanent postings will be kept to a minimum but given the significance of the role, an interim governor will always be appointed to cover such a gap.

While NOMS holds information on the length of tenure of current in charge governors, it does not hold information on any interim arrangements centrally and could obtain this only at a disproportionate cost.