HC Deb 08 February 1995 vol 254 cc248-9W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current ratio of staff to prisoners at(a) Doncaster, (b) the Wolds, (c) Lindholme, (d) Wakefield, (e) New Hall and (f) Wakefield prisons; and what was the figure (i) six months and (ii) 12 months ago.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 8 February 1995: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the ratio of staff to prisoners at Doncaster and Wolds, both of which are local prisons, at Lindholme, a category C prison, New Hall which is a closed women's prison and Wakefield, a dispersal prison. The number of prisoners per member of staff at each prison is as follows.

Prison December 1993 June 1994 December 1994
Doncaster not open 0.49 1.75
Wolds 1.45 1.17 1.47
Lindholme 1.44 1.49 1.45
Wakefield 1.00 1.07 1.10
New Hall 0.85 0.80 0.89

Mr. Straw

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to alter the arrangements for incentives and privileges for prisoners.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The Prison Service is developing a national framework for incentives and earned privileges. The emphasis will be on prisoners earning privileges by good behaviour and participation in work or other constructive activity. I will be making an announcement later.

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