HOME OFFICE - HMP BRIXTON AND PRISON OFFICERS' OVERTIME

- Monday, 14th November 2005

 

DetailsType: Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)

Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
Date Tabled: 14.11.2005
Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost was over the last 12 months of additional (a) overtime and (b) staff needed to replace officers suspended at HM Prison Brixton;
Question Number: 29253

Member Answering Question: Mactaggart, Fiona
Other Authors:
Answering Department: Home Office
Date of Answer: 19.12.2005
Date for Answer: 16.11.2005
Answer: Staff are required to work additional hours to ensure that a deliverable regime is maintained and major services to prisoners are not affected by any staff shortages. Staff are repaid for working these additional hours by time off in lieu. No overtime has been paid for the specific reason of replacing suspended staff.Information on the number of prison officers suspended across the service is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. It is therefore not possible to provide the total cost to the service of salaries paid to prison officers, suspended on full pay, over the past 12 months. Currently five officers are suspended on full pay from Brixton prison. In the period 1 November 2004 to date, nine officers have been suspended on full pay from duty at Brixton. The total cost of the salaries paid to these officers in that period is ?168,000. Staff are required to work additional hours to ensure that a deliverable regime is maintained and major services to prisoners are not affected by any staff shortages. Staff are repaid for working these additional hours by time off in lieu. No overtime has been paid for the specific reason of replacing suspended staff.Information on the number of prison officers suspended across the service is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. It is therefore not possible to provide the total cost to the service of salaries paid to prison officers, suspended on full pay, over the past 12 months. Currently five officers are suspended on full pay from Brixton prison. In the period 1 November 2004 to date, nine officers have been suspended on full pay from duty at Brixton. The total cost of the salaries paid to these officers in that period is ?168,000.

Topic: HM Prison Brixton

Legislature: House of Commons (HoC)
Location: Commons Chamber

Status: Answered
Session: 05-06

 

 

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