Today the Government announced the results of the prisons competition. The Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clarke MP, announcemed to the House of Commons that Featherstone 2 will be run by G4S Plc. Gavin Williamson MP took the opportunity to question the Justice Secretary about training opportunities for prison staff in the future.
He asked, “I am sure that my right hon. and learned Friend is aware that not only Featherstone 2 but Featherstone and Brinsford are in my constituency. The latter two are excellent prisons because of the dedication and commitment of their prison staff. Can he assure me that the same levels of training and support offered to the prison officers at those two prisons will be offered to the staff at Featherstone 2?”
Mr Clarke expressed his agreement with Gavin and reassured him that all measures would be taken to make sure Featherstone 2 will be up to par with the other two prisons in South Staffordshire. The Secretary answered saying, “That is provided for in the contract and I very much hope it will be the case. Like my hon. Friend, I have great optimism about the future of Featherstone 2. It is very good that we have that kind of investment coming on stream so that we can help to modernise the service in all possible ways. The proper training and support of staff is a key part of delivering the contract properly.”