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Prisons: Education

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, columns 2113-4W, on prisons: education, when the report of the randomised control trial of the Prison Service enhanced thinking skills programme scheduled for April 2008 will be published. [264096]

Mr. Hanson: The research of the (short-term) evaluation of HM Prison Service enhanced thinking skills (ETS) programme was published on 9 March 2009.

Two reports were published, the first looked at the actual outcomes of the research, the second the implementation of the randomised controlled trial. Both reports are available on the Ministry of Justice website at:

Prisons: Females

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women prisoners were held more than 50 miles from their home address at any time in each of the last five years. [263838]

Mr. Straw: Women are, on average, held slightly further away from home than men as the women's estate is smaller and more widespread. Latest data available (September 2008) indicate that the average distance from home for women prisoners is 57 miles. The number of women prisoners has been relatively stable in recent years (around 4,400).

The following table shows the number of women prisoners held over 50 miles from home in each of the last five years:

Women prisoners held >50 miles from home Percentage of women prisoners held >50 miles from home

2004

1,896

45

2005

1,726

41

2006

1,872

44

2007

1,849

44

2008

1,848

44


The figures are taken from sample data, not necessarily in the same month of each year.

Where no home address is listed the committal court is used as a proxy address.

Probation Service: Sick Leave

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days probation service personnel took in sick leave in the last 12 months. [262436]

Mr. Straw: During the 12 months to December 2008, probation service staff took a total of 239,801 days as sick leave. This equates to an average of 11.5 days per staff year.

A breakdown by probation area and region is provided in the following table.

Measured over the 2008-09 financial year to date (the period from April to December 2008) performance has improved to 11.3 days against a target of 11.5 days.

All probation areas are required to have in place an action plan for achieving a reduction in sickness absence levels. An area’s eligibility to apply for trust status is in part dependent on their performance as assessed in the Integrated Probation Performance Framework (IPPF). Performance against the sickness absence target forms part of the overall assessment.


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Probation service staff sickness absence: January-December 2008
Absence during year
Probation area/region Short-term sickness Long-term sickness DDA-related sickness Total days’ sickness Total ‘staff years’ during year Average days’ absence per ‘staff year’

Staffordshire

2,020

2,109

543

4,672

442.1

10.6

Warwickshire

787

712

135

1,634

171.5

9.5

West Mercia

2,744

1,469

624

4,837

399.6

12.1

West Midlands

10,196

9,073

1,089

20,359

1,446.5

14.1

West of Midlands

15,747

13,364

2,392

31,502

2,459.6

12.8

County Durham

1,182

1,447

142

2,771

294.5

9.4

Northumbria

3,935

2,783

1,494

8,212

648.9

12.7

Teesside

1,637

1,391

448

3,477

341.3

10.2

North East

6,755

5,621

2,084

14,460

1,284.7

11.3

Bedfordshire

1,167

752

269

2,188

182.4

12.0

Cambridgeshire

1,699

1,712

294

3,705

245.5

15.1

Essex

2,021

1,016

830

3,866

421.7

9.2

Hertfordshire

1,035

1,425

652

3,112

319.6

9.7

Norfolk

1,605

1,312

491

3,408

293.7

11.6

Suffolk

1,189

346

8

1,543

223.3

6.9

East of England

8,716

6,562

2,544

17,822

1,686.1

10.6

Cheshire

1,584

2,072

478

4,133

373.4

11.1

Cumbria

843

764

119

1,726

179.3

9.6

Lancashire

2,521

2,935

1,160

6,615

569.0

11.8

Greater Manchester

5,394

8,971

1,850

16,215

1,204.2

13.5

Merseyside

2,992

5,424

565

8,981

718.1

12.5

North West

13,333

20,166

4,171

37,671

3,044.0

12.4

Derbyshire

1,856

1,193

308

3,357

364.5

9.2

Leicestershire

3,047

986

85

4,117

527.9

7.8

Lincolnshire

1,320

967

417

2,704

245.4

11.0

Northamptonshire

1,244

696

0

1,940

265.6

7.3

Nottinghamshire

2,551

2,760

997

6,307

553.0

11.4

East Midlands

10,018

6,601

1,806

18,426

1,956.4

9.4

Humberside

2,451

1,440

553

4,444

451.0

9.9

North Yorkshire

892

984

249

2,125

238.9

8.9

South Yorkshire

4,138

4,372

464

8,974

622.3

14.4

West Yorkshire

4,561

4,871

1,645

11,078

1,041.8

10.6

Yorkshire and Humberside

12,043

11,667

2,911

26,621

2,354.0

11.3

Hampshire

3,653

2,439

138

6,230

612.8

10.2

Kent

2,341

3,406

463

6,210

480.4

12.9

Surrey

1,446

695

381

2,522

282.4

8.9

Sussex

2,068

1,429

88

3,585

391.9

9.1

Thames Valley

3,301

3,001

1,031

7,333

657.6

11.2

South East

12,809

10,970

2,099

25,878

2,425.0

10.7

Avon and Somerset

3,137

1,866

247

5,249

566.0

9.3

Devon and Cornwall

2,240

2,674

104

5,017

491.6

10.2

Dorset

1,324

612

106

2,042

267.5

7.6

Gloucestershire

1,337

1,184

0

2,520

168.4

15.0

Wiltshire

825

872

139

1,836

183.0

10.0

South West

8,862

7,206

596

16,664

1,676 5

9.9

London

19,481

14,014

272

33,767

2,644.3

12.8

Dyfed Powys

968

863

162

1,993

177.4

11.2

Gwent

1,567

2,172

8

3,747

270.7

13.8

North Wales

1,146

1,651

24

2,821

252.8

11.2

South Wales

3,070

4,623

739

8,431

591.4

14.3

Wales

6,751

9,308

933

16,992

1,292.2

13.1

England and Wales

114,514

105,480

19,807

239,801

20,822.8

11.5


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