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Birmingham Prison

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 174052, tabled on 12 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of deploying detached duty public sector staff at HMP Birmingham in the next six months; and who will be responsible for paying that cost.

Answered on

10 October 2018

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has, since 20 August, exercised its right under the contract to step in and take over the running of HMP Birmingham for an initial period of six months.

The additional cost of the step-in action, including HMPPS staff, has yet to be finalised. However, it, together with any reduction in the price for cells taken out of operational use, will be recovered from G4S in accordance with the contract.

The deployment of staff between prisons on Detached Duty (DD) is a regular and normal part of prison resourcing. DD allocation is only planned three months in advance and therefore it is not possible to provide data for the next six months. The number of Prison Officers deployed on DD also varies from one week to the next in order to reflect operational circumstances. Tables 1,2, and 3 shows the proposed number of staff deployed to HMP Birmingham from each prison.

Table 1 Prison Officers

Littlehey

2

Bure

2

Dartmoor

2

Exeter

1

Guys Marsh

2

Coldingley

1

Lewes

2

Brinsford

2

Brixton

3

Isis

2

Pentonville

1

Wandsworth

1

Bullingdon

1

Erlestoke

1

Cardiff

1

Swansea

1

Berwyn

1

Send

1

Low Newton

1

Foston Hall

2

Lindholme

1

Hull

1

Leeds

2

Moorland

1

Table 2 Custodial Managers

Elmley

2

Stoke Heath

1

Bure

1

Stafford

1

Table 3 Physical Education Officers

Bure

1

Wakefield

1

Stoke Heath

1