HC Deb 08 June 1999 vol 332 cc258-9W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what disciplinary sanctions have been imposed on prison officers following complaints of ill-treatment in each of the last five years. [84944]

Mr. George Howarth

The table shows, from those records which are available, the penalties awarded to prison officer grades under the Prison Service code of conduct and discipline, for misconduct involving ill-treatment of prisoners, for the last five financial years.

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Complaints received by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (1ND) are not recorded centrally on the basis of subject matter. Information kept centrally is in respect of the number of compensation claims dealt with as a result of maladministration, the majority of which will have arisen as a result of lost documents. This is a lagging indicator as there is often a considerable gap between an incident and the claim for compensation arising from it. The figures for each quarter since the third quarter of 1996 are set out in the table:

1996 1997 1998 1999
First Quarter 7 10 6 22
Second Quarter 2 7 17 n/a
Third Quarter 6 5 18 n/a
Fourth Quarter 18 18 23 n/a

Information on how many passports were subsequently found is not held centrally. Passports which are found once a compensation claim has been paid are, where appropriate, returned to the issuing authority.