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S5W-04681: Mary Fee (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government further to the answer to question S5W-03798 by Michael Matheson on 11 November 2016, for what reason Scottish Prison Service industries income has reduced at HMP (a) Barlinnie, (b) YOI Cornton Vale, (c) Dumfries, (d) Glenochil and (e) Shotts.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 24 November 2016

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

In response to the information previously provided in the answer to PQ S5W-03798, the reduction in external income from the external sales of products and services in the following establishments is as follows:-

(a) HMP Barlinnie – this is as a result of the closure of the Concrete Workparty in 2009. This workparty manufactured numerous precast concrete products such as road kerbs, slabs and other precast products to a single source supplier, and the contract was not renewed.

(b) HMP & YOI Cornton Vale – this is a result of the closure of the Arts & Crafts workparty in 2012 and the subsequent reduction in sales of Cards and other Arts & Craft items that were handmade in that area and sold to both internal and external customers.

(c) HMP Dumfries – this reduction in income is as a result of the loss of a contract with an external supplier in 2009 and the closure of the packaging workparty.

(d) HMP Glenochil – the reduction of income generated from external sales was as a result of the closure of the workparty within the establishment when the contract was not renewed in 2014. This workparty provided cleaning, repair and maintenance to the plant and equipment that was hired out and returned across a number of the contractors’ premises. A number of other local manufacturing contracts with external companies during this period were also not renewed.

(e) HMP Shotts – over the 10 year period, external income at HMP Shotts has increased, however the reduction in income for the financial years 2011-12 and 2012-13 was as a direct result of the rebuild of HMP Shotts, and the closure and transfer of those workparties to the newly built premises, and the subsequent loss of manufacturing income during this transitional period.