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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prison governors were (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined in each year since 1997; what the reason was in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following table shows the cases of disciplinary action, including dismissals, taken against operational managers (governor grades) in the Public Sector Prison Service in each year since 1997.
The table shows the number of cases of disciplinary action, including dismissals, taken against operational managers (governor grades) in the Public Sector Prison Service in each year since 1997.
|Category of misconduct||Penalty awarded||Grade of member of staff|
Final written warning for 12 months and removal from field of promotion for 12 months
Final written warning for one year and recommendation that he be removed from the work specialism.
Final written warning for three years and removal from field of promotion for three years
Final written warning for three years and regraded to Principal Officer
Downgraded to Operational Manager F, removal from the field of promotion for three years and final written warning for five years
Final written warning for three years and removal from the field of promotion for two years
Final written warning for three years, removal from the field of promotion for two years and regrading to Senior Operational Manager B
Final written warning for five years and transferred to another establishment
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff at governor grades at each prison establishment in the Prison Service have been transferred compulsorily to another role in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following table relates to directed moves since April 2004 until the end of April 2006. There are no figures available before April 2004 and these figures relate only to senior operational managers (senior governor grades in pay bands A to D). Figures for operational managers (pay bands E and F) are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|The number of senior operational managers in the public sector prison service in England and Wales transferred compulsorily to another role between April 2004 and April 2006|
|Period||Number of managed moves|
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the performance testing exercises have resulted in prison governors being transferred compulsorily to another establishment; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The performance testing process is fluid and will require different specialisms, skills and experiences to support it. On occasions this means there will need to be staffing changes. Some of these changes will be the result of directed moves. Details of the numbers or reasons for these movements are not held centrally and it could be provided only at disproportionate costs.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of Prison Service staff who have secondary employment as security staff; what action he is taking to ensure compliance with Prison Service orders relating to such employment; what mechanisms exist to ensure the appropriate use of investigatory powers; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people sentenced to more than (a) five and (b) 10 years were received into prison in each year since 1990; and what estimate has been made of the likely numbers over the next 10 years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Information on the numbers of prisoners received into prison under an immediate custodial sentence of more than (a) five and (b) 10 years is published in:
For receptions in 1994 to 2004Table 7.8 of the internet tables for Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004.
For receptions in 1990 to 1993Table 1.13 of Prison Statistics England and Wales 1993.
The internet tables for Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004 are available at the following internet addresshttp://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/omcs.html. A copy of Prison Statistics England and Wales 2003 is available from the House of Commons Library. The latest prison population projections are published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/05 Updated and Revised Prison Population Projections, 2005-2011, England and Wales. Figures for 10 scenarios can be found in this document. However, projections have not been made at the level of detail that would allow the numbers of receptions in particular sentence length bands to be estimated.
Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the prison population was on 31 March; how many unoccupied prison places there were; and in which prisons they were located. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: On 31 March 2006, the total prison population was 77,058 and there was available capacity for 2,203 prisoners. Capacity was available at all prison establishments, with the exception of HMP Haverigg.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about the impact of the churn of prisoners on educational provision. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Home Secretary has regular meetings with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. Recent meetings have not covered the effect of churn specifically, but have focused on the establishment of the Offenders Learning and Skills (OLASS) project, which will introduce a new service of education and skills for offenders in both custody and the community.
There have also been discussions about the Reducing Reoffending through Skills and Employment Green Paper launched in December 2005, which looks at strengthening the link between education and employability for prisoners. The Department for Education and Skills, the National Offender Management Service and the national probation directorate (NPD) are working closely to ensure that all prisoners have education opportunities in prison and in the community after release. The throughput of prisoners in establishments (i.e. numbers of prisoners received and discharged on a daily basis, also known as churn) has increased significantly.
It has had some impact on establishment performance, particularly in hard pressed local prisons. However, since April 2002, over 150,000 basic skills qualifications have been achieved by learners in prison. In the last year, the NPD in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council supported the achievement of just under 9,500 qualifications to offenders in the community.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct the Prison Service to run a small number of pilot schemes to assess the impact of paying prisoners market rates for their work, with appropriate deductions to cover the cost of accommodation, food, child support and reparations for victims. 
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