§ Mr David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about staffing levels and industrial relations at Blundeston prison, Suffolk in the light of the present dispute in the prison service.
§ Mr. Mellor
At present there are 240.5 staff in post at Her Majesty's prison Blundeston. Of these, 149 are officers, including principal and senior officers, compared with the target officer in post figure set for 31 March 1991 of 148.
The Prison Officers Association has not declared a dispute at the prison.
Prison officers voted in June to take national industrial action. A majority of POA members at Blundeston voted in favour of national industrial action.