To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in each (a) age and (b) ethnic group have been dismissed from each London prison in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
The figures provided on dismissals include staff dismissed for reasons of conduct, performance or attendance. 60 per cent. of dismissals in 2008 were related to attendance.
Dismissal of staff for poor attendance has helped to reduce the sickness absence rate across the Prison Service by 17 per cent. over the last five years.
Where dismissal is the result of disciplinary cases, these are for very serious matters such as racial/sexual harassment, assault, following criminal conviction.
Information on the number of staff employed and dismissed, including for reasons of attendance, performance and conduct in each London establishment from 2004 to 2008 is shown in the following tables. The tables show the dismissals, split by age and ethnicity.
Staff in post 28 February 2009
Male closed YOI
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Dismissals from London establishments by age2004 - 08