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Prison Workshops

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on each of the pilot prisons involved in the first tranche of the Workshop Expansion Scheme, with special reference to (a) the number of work places available, (b) hours of work, (c) prisoner wages and (d) the annual turnover of the workshops. [120684]

Mr. Boateng: The information on the number of work places available, hours of work and annual turnover of workshops is given in the table.

The data apply to industries only and excludes agribusiness. It has been extracted from locally-supplied workshop control and hours reports.

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Information on prisoner wages is unavailable, as this is not recorded centrally.

Workshop expansion scheme

EstablishmentsWork placesHoursAnnual turnover (£000)
1997-1998
Albany(12)11225704
Ashwell(13)202251,300
Camp Hill9225471
Channings Wood(14)16425681
Featherstone(15)187252,700
Kirkham(16)170251,940
Littlehey17025554
Wymott180251,700
Total1,2772510,050
1998-1999
Albany(12)15323.3881
Ashwell(13)28025855
Camp Hill10920667
Channings Wood(14)16323.25979
Featherstone(15)265273,400
Kirkham(16)251291,920
Littlehey25027.3192
Wymott26827.32,300
Total1,73925.2711,194
1999-2000
Albany(12)13220.27487
Ashwell(13)33226.55752
Camp Hill10721.291,500
Channings Wood(14)15522.37863
Featherstone(15)25426.172300
Kirkham(16)22029.151,300
Littlehey22214.03239
Wymott37423.142,000
Total1,79622.871259,441

(12) Establishment now has five fewer instructors than at the start of the project. (Additional drug treatment programmes)

(13) Product changes with reduced sales values

(14) Drug treatment programmes affected the work place numbers

(15) Sales values dramatically reduce due to product change

(16) Establishment roll reduced by 250 places


Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average length of the working week for those prisoners employed in workshops in each adult male training prison in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available; and what was the average wage in each establishment. [120690]

Mr. Boateng: Data on the average length of the working week are given in the table. Records are not kept centrally on the average wage in each establishment.

Average length of the working week

Prison nameAverage hours
Albany19
Blundeston20
Dartmoor21
Garth19
Gartree22
Kingston25
Maidstone25
Parkhurst25
Swaleside23
Acklington26
Ashwell26
Blantyre House35
Buckley Hall36
Camp Hill 22
Channings Wood18
Coldingley25
Downview16
Erlestoke19
Everthorpe26
Featherstone19
Haverigg26
Highpoint13
Lancaster18
Lindholme17
Littlehey21
Moorland20
Mount24
Ranby22
Risley27
Shepton Mallet27
Stafford21
Stocken29
Verne30
Wealstun20
Wellingborough20
Whatton23
Wymott31
Ford27
Kirkham30
Latchmere House61
Leyhill21
Standford Hill23
Sudbury25

Note:

Figures not available for privately operated prisons


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Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were employed on average in prison workshops in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [120685]

Mr. Boateng: The information requested is given in the table.

Average numbers of prisoners employed in prison workshops
1990-91 to 1999-2000

Number
1999-20008,571
1998-999,699
1997-987,615
1996-977,601
1995-968,844
1994-958,851
1993-948,680
1992-938,552
1991-929,308
1990-917,286

Prisoners' Earnings Act 1996

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring the Prisoners' Earnings Act 1996 into force; and if he will make a statement. [120688]

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Mr. Boateng: I am determined that as many prisoners as possible should make a contribution to their keep. Officials will be reporting shortly on the outcome of work they have been doing on the extent to which the Prisoners' Earnings Act 1996 can contribute to this objective and I will then consider the options.

Prisons (Resource Employment Places)

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of resource employment places in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by type of activity. [120693]

Mr. Boateng: Prior to 1994 accounts were submitted centrally covering industries' and farms' output but following devolution of funding to establishment level this has not been a requirement. Therefore, from 1995-96 the figures have been extracted from data supplied as part of the Prison Service accounts. The available information is given in the table.

Resource employment places in prisons in England and Wales
1990-91 to 1999-2000

YearIndustries
1999-2000(17)(18)10,989
1998-99(17)(18)11,966
1997-98(17)(18)9,173
1996-97(17)(18)9,173
1995-96
Tailoring/Shirts2,184
Textiles2,429
Others210
Footwear/Leather221
Printing243
Weaving352
Engineering810
Woodwork795
Laundry1,060
Contract Services1,732
Total10,036
1994-95
Tailoring/Shirts2,176
Textiles2,381
Others210
Footwear/Leather221
Printing243
Weaving352
Engineering810
Woodwork795
Laundry1,203
Contract Services1,732
Total10,123
1993-94
Tailoring/Shirts2,330
Textiles2,256
Others190
Footwear/Leather261
Printing286
Weaving313
Engineering780
Woodwork763
Laundry1,053
Contract Services1,792
Total10,024
1992-93
Tailoring/Shirts2,257
Textiles2,426
Others210
Footwear/Leather266
Printing286
Weaving334
Engineering780
Woodwork758
Laundry1,082
Contract Services1,779
Total10,178
1991-92
Tailoring/Shirts2,296
Textiles2,798
Others196
Footwear/Leather261
Printing320
Weaving352
Engineering740
Woodwork764
Laundry1,104
Contract Services2,132
Total10,963
1990-91
Tailoring/Shirts2,401
Textiles2,708
Others226
Footwear/Leather261
Printing320
Weaving439
Engineering740
Woodwork879
Laundry1,017
Contract Services2,107
Total11,098

(17) Breakdown by activity not available

(18) Centrally available figures may not be wholly accurate


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Resource employment places in prisons in England and Wales
1990-91 to 1999-2000

Totals(19)Farms and gardens
1999-2000(20)2,784
1998-99(20)2,949
1997-98(20)3,508
1996-97(20)3,508
1995-963,474
1994-953,474
1993-943,474
1992-933,474
1991-923,657
1990-913,551

(19) Breakdown by activity not available

(20) Centrally available figures may not be wholly accurate



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