HC Deb 16 May 2000 vol 350 cc72-3W
Jackie Ballard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the recommendations for improvements made by the Chief Inspector of Prisons in his unpublished report on Lowdham Grange are to be implemented before the publication of the report. [121466]

Mr. Boateng

The report was published on 27 April. In accordance with the protocol for handling inspection reports, the Prison Service will produce an action plan within 30 working days of publication of the report, addressing all the recommendations made by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. It is not possible to say how many of the 127 recommendations were fully implemented before publication, but once the action plan has been completed and reviewed at Prison Service Headquarters, I will write to the hon. Member with a progress report on implementation.

Jackie Ballard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial penalties have been incurred at HMP Lowdham Grange since the prison opened; and what were the reasons for each penalty. [121465]

Mr. Boateng

The information in respect of performance measures is shown in the table. There was a reduction in fee of £702.00 in respect of an unavailable prisoner place in June 1998. There have been no reductions in fees since February 1999.

Incident of failure
Nature of performance measure June 1998 to August 1998 September 1998 to November 1998 December 1998 to February 1999
Keeping Prisoners in Custody
Failure of security procedures 1 0 0
Key/lock compromises 2 1 0
Maintaining Order and Control
Assault on staff and others 9 5 6
Assault on prisoners 1 0 0
Incident of concerted indiscipline 3 3 0
Incident of self harm 8 1 9
Incident of Class A drugs 22 25 11
Contingency planning exercise 0 1 0
Comply with agreed reporting procedure 1 0 0
Tool/implement loss (found) 2 0 1
Tool/implement loss (not found) 0 1 0
Providing Decent Conditions
Failure to provide meals 2 0 0
Response to prisoner complaints 30 12 4
Substantiated complaints 5 2 2
Repair failure 3 1 0
Providing Positive Regimes
Deliver work hours 0 14 13
Reduction £45,080 £31,231 £6,334