Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
18 October 2017
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request –
Thank you for your request dated 20 September 2017 in which you asked for the following
information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ): I would like to get the figure for the number of call outs to pe st control services by
prisons in England and Wales in each of the past two calendar years please and
broken down by region.
Your request has been handled under the FOIA.
I can confirm that the MoJ holds some of the information that you have requested and I have
provided this below.
In Public Sector Prisons, the pest control service forms part of our Facility Management
service contracts. Under these contracts, each establishment has a minimum of four visits
per year which form the planned maintenance requirement for pest control, although each
Prison can increase this frequency according to local circumstances.
The table below sets out the number of requirements responded to over the past two years,
set out by regions. Please note, however, that the areas referred to in this table are those set
up on our systems previously; they do not therefore align to the current HMPPS Operational
Year 1 (1st Sep 2015 – 31st Aug
Year 2 (1st Sept 2016 – 31st Aug 2017)
East of England
High Security Estate
Kent and Sussex
The MoJ does not hold any information in the scope of your request in relation to privately
managed prisons (PMPs). The 14 PMPs in England and Wales are operated by G4S, Serco
and Sodexo. To establish whether the information was held I conducted a thorough search,
and made enquires with the HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Controllers in each
of the prisons. The Controller is employed by HMPPS and acts as the link between HMPPS
and the prison. They have confirmed that the information that you have requested is not held
by their office, and is therefore not held by MoJ.
If the information was held by MoJ it would have to be held by the above mentioned
business area. For further information in relation to your questions, you may wish to write to
the Director of each PMP.
The FOIA does not oblige a public authority to create information to answer a request if the
requested information is not held. The duty is to only provide the recorded information held.
If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to request an internal review by
responding in writing to one of the addresses below within two months of the date of this
Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice, 10.38, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ
You do have the right to ask the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to investigate any
aspect of your complaint. However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal
complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning their investigation.
Yours sincerely, Jack Harris
Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service