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Prison Officers: Uniforms

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 18878, tabled on 15 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department classifies boots for prison officers as personal protective equipment.

Answered on

20 June 2022

I can confirm that the Department does classify slip resistant footwear for prison officers as personal protective equipment (PPE). Slip resistant footwear was among a number of measures recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help reduce the number of slip accidents involving prison officers.

The Uniform contract, which commenced in July 2020 and ends July 2024, has a contract value (excluding VAT) of £37,268,551. The procurement process introduced service improvements and firmly puts uniformed staff at its core by ensuring that uniform items provided are fit for purpose, meet operational demands and deliver Value for Money to the MoJ.

We are not able to provide the information on the individual costs of boots and other items of uniform as discloser of this information would prejudice the interests of the current supplier and any future tender activity.

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