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Prison Governors

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 11th September 2018

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison governors since 2010 who were transferred to another prison had served as prison governors in the prison they were transferred from for between (a) 0 to 6 months, (b) 6 to 12 months and (c) 12 to 24 months.

Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We commend our hard working governors who do a vital job in protecting the public every day. The experience of governors is vital to the effective running of prisons and this is gained through a variety of career paths. Unfortunately the information that you requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, I can provide some information on the length of service of governors in place as of 30 June 2018.

Table 1: HMPS Governors1, by length of time as a governor, as at 30 June 2018
Completed years as Governor2 Headcount
0 6
1 16
2 8
3 6
4 6
5-9 22
10-14 27
15-19 9
Total 100
1 Only includes substantive Governing Governors working in the HM Prison Service. Therefore, these figures do not include deputy Governors or those covering Governing Governor roles.
2 Length of service is calculated from the date they first became a governor.