HC Deb 03 July 2001 vol 371 cc128-9W
Mr. Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Northern Ireland Prison Service published its 2001–04 corporate and business plan; and what performance targets have been set for 2001–04. [2363]

Jane Kennedy

The Northern Ireland Prison Service's corporate and business plan for 2001–04 was published on 29 May 2001. The following key performance targets have been set for 2001–04:

  1. 1. To achieve 100 per cent. security for top and high-risk prisoners.
  2. 2. To achieve 99.7 per cent. security for medium and low-risk prisoners.
  3. 3. To reduce the number of staff assaulted by prisoners to less than the 2000–01 ratio of 6.8 per 100 prisoners.
  4. 4. To reduce the number of prisoners assaulted by prisoners to less than the 2000–01 ratio of 8.8 per 100 prisoners.
  5. 5. To establish baselines for weekly average hours of constructive activity attendance per prisoner for each prisoner group and set targets and system of measurement for 2002–03.
  6. 6. To ensure an average minimum of 60 per cent. of the eligible prison population, including life sentence prisoners, is working to a sentence plan.
  7. 7. To achieve an average minimum of five days development and training per member of staff.
  8. 8. Representation in recruitment competitions of:
    1. (a) women:
    2. (b) Roman Catholics; and
    3. (c) Other under-represented groups.
  9. 9. To ensure expenditure is within the budget allocated.
  10. 10. To reduce the difference in cost per prisoner place between Northern Ireland and England and Wales by 5.7 per cent. by March 2002.
  11. 11. To lay the Annual Report and Audited Accounts before Parliament prior to the summer recess.