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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:03 pm on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 5:03 pm, 19th December 2016

I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. He is absolutely right—those issues will be looked at in the investigation that is taking place. On staff retention, we are working on retention bonuses and on giving governors additional powers, but I can assure him that I have asked for further investigation into precisely how we improve retention. The Minister with responsibility for prisons and I have been meeting prison officers around the country and listening to their concerns on career progression and training, and we will take action on them.