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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the role of the head of management selection and succession unit (MSSU) within HM Prison Service is; what responsibility the head of the MSSU has for making decisions on managed moves within the Service; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The role of head of the MSSU in the Prison Service no longer exists. The MSSU, which is based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has responsibility for the design and delivery of assessment centres for the recruitment or internal promotion of prison staff. Under changes introduced in September this year, the former head of the MSSU became responsible only for the design of assessments and not for delivery. He plays no part in managed moves within the service, in either his current or his former role.
However, the head of the MSSU reports to the head of resourcing within the HR directorate. The head of resourcing has responsibility for assisting both the operations and HR directors in the career management of senior operational managers. All appointments at this level are made on the direction of the deputy director general.
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long each of those prisoners who have absconded from HM Prison Hollesley Bay in the last six years had left to serve of their sentences at the point at which they absconded. 
Maria Eagle: The information provided is that held by the establishment and sets out the number of days left to serve at point of abscondence for each of the prisoners who absconded in that year. However the information relates to automatic release dates and a number of those included would have had possible earlier release dates on parole.
Statistics are not available for the year 2002-03. Two prisoners held on immigration warrants and one life- sentenced prisoner also absconded during the period in question but had no fixed release date.
|Number of days left to serve at point of abscond for each of the prisoners who absconded in year specified|
|(1) Figures recorded for 2007-08 are provisional and subject to change.|
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