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Police: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Dacorum took early retirement in each of the last five years. [135330]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Police: Liverpool

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has held with Merseyside Police on the policing of events associated with Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008. [135698]

Mr. McNulty: I met the chief constable of Merseyside police to discuss the policing of events associated with Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture on 1 February. In addition, I attended a meeting on this subject in Liverpool, convened by Merseyside police, on 29 March.

Police: Public Appointments

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration his Department has given to the election of police officials. [135604]

Mr. McNulty: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced a review of policing on 27 March this year. Led by Sir Ronnie Flanagan the review will focus on four specific areas of policing—including local accountability. We are not ruling any options in or out at this stage—we look forward to receiving Sir Ronnie Flanagan’s recommendations.

Prison Service

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people involved in the Tasker investigation have received managed moves within HM Prison Service; and if he will make a statement. [136127]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The report from Ron Tasker has not yet been received by the Commissioning Officer; it is not known how many people Mr. Tasker involved in the process of his investigation therefore it is not known how many people have changed posts as a result.


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Prison Service: Accountancy

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the annual accounts of HM Prison Service have been qualified in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [136118]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Prison Service accounts have been qualified once in the last 10 years.

Prison Service: Compensation

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for each of the 12 payments of over £100,000 compensation paid to Prison Service staff in 2005-06 reported in the Prison Service's annual report and accounts. [135339]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Of the payments over £100,000 reported in the 2005-06 accounts, three were the result of employment tribunals, two were as a result of injuries sustained from an assault by prisoners, one related to stress/psychological injuries, one related to injuries during control and restraint training and the other five related to miscellaneous injuries at work.

The following table sets out these figures.

Prison Service payments over £100,000 reported in the 2005-06 accounts
2005-06 2004-05
Special Payments Number Amount (£000) Average Number Amount (£000) Average

Payments over £100,000

Staff

Assault

2

875

438

Other injury

7

1,803

258

5

741

148

Employment tribunal

3

454

151

2

364

182

Prisoner

Assault

1

240

240

Injury

3

3,229

1,076

2

335

168

Medical negligence

2

323

162

1

1,140

1,140

Other

3

656

219

Total

21

7,580

2,543

10

2,580

1,638

Payments between £10,000 and £100,000

Staff

91

2,157

24

96

2,182

23

Prisoner

39

956

25

71

1,874

26

3rd party

5

98

20

Payments under £10,000

3,492

5,798

2

3,001

2,560

1

Total

3,648

16,589

2,612

3,178

9,196

1,688


Prison Service: Corruption

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff at each prison establishment were dismissed in each of the last 12 months for (a) corruption, (b) trafficking drugs and other illegal contraband into the establishment, (c) time off due to stress-related illnesses and (d) making
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improper expense claims; and if he will make a statement. [134705]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The public sector Prison Service does not currently hold the information centrally in the format requested. The contracted estate has been able to provide some information on the number of staff dismissed in the last 12 months, which is contained in the table. Further information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Number of staff dismissed in the last 12 months for corruption, trafficking drugs etc., time off due to stress-related illnesses and making improper expense claims
Prison Number of staff dismissed

Ashfield

0

Bronzefield(1)

Fewer than 5 members of staff were dismissed in February 2006 for gross misconduct

Doncaster

0

Dovegate

0

Forest Bank(1)

Fewer than 5 members of staff were dismissed in March 2006 for gross misconduct

Lowdham Grange

Fewer than 5 members of staff was dismissed for corruption in April 2006

Pare

0

Peterborough(1)

A total of fewer than 5 members of staff were dismissed for gross misconduct in the months of April, July and August 2006

Altcourse, Rye Hill, Wolds(2)

Fewer than 5 members of staff were dismissed for corruption in the 12-month period

(1) Kalyx, who manage Bronzefield, Forest Bank and Peterborough, were only able to provide a total figure for gross misconduct. It was not available broken down into the specific cause. (2) GSL have provided a collated response for all three of their contracted prisons. Note: Numbers are expressed as “fewer than five” in order to avoid the identification of individuals.

Prison Service: Drugs

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison staff were tested for (a) drug dependency and (b) illegal drug use in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [134721]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The public sector Prison Service has not tested any of its staff for drug dependency or illegal drug use in the last five years. The contracted estate has been able to provide some information, which is contained in the table. Further information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Number of drug tests carried out on staff in the contracted sector
Prison 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Altcourse(1)

0

0

0

0

0

Ashfield

0

0

0

(2)

(2)

Bronzefield(1)

0

0

0

0

0

Doncaster

(3)

(3)

(3)

(3)

(3)

Dovegate

0

0

0

0

200

Forest Bank

0

0

(4)

(4)

(4)

Lowdham Grange(5)

0

0

0

0

0

Parc

0

0

10

11

10

Peterborough(6)

Rye Hill(1)

0

0

0

0

0

Wolds(1)

0

0

0

0

0

(1) No drug testing of staff currently takes place at these establishments. (2) There have been approximately 263 random drug test carried out on staff over the last two and a half years. (3) There have been 632 random drug tests carried out on staff over the past five years. (4) Records for drug testing on staff only go back to 2004. 13 tests have been carried out. (5) No random drug testing takes place on staff, although there are plans to introduce it. (6) Information not available.

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