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Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 65009, tabled on 22 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether her Department carried out an impact assessment in the effect outsourcing repairs and maintenance in prisons to Carillion would have on the amount of work available to prisoners.

Answered on

27 February 2017

Owing to the variability of work available to prisoners across over 100 individual prison establishments, it was not possible to undertake an impact assessment on the effect on the amount of work available to prisoners prior to the contracts being implemented.

However, we have ensured that the contract with Carillion requires them to maximise the use of prisoner labour, subject to local security strategies agreed with the Governors for individual establishments. The specification for Prisoner Labour and Prison Industries in the contract requires Carillion to utilise as much prisoner labour in the delivery of services as was used prior to the contract coming into force.

Under the maintenance contract Carillion are told how many prisoners are available for work on a daily basis and are required to provide the necessary support and supervision resource to oversee the work of the prisoners.

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