Prison Officers: Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5 December 2017.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 12:00, 5 December 2017

My hon. Friend the Prisons Minister and I meet representatives of the Prison Officers Association both at national level and whenever we go to visit prisons, where we make a point of talking directly to staff and listening to their concerns. I believe that, as well as recruiting additional officers as promised, we need to ensure that anybody who attacks a prison officer is properly prosecuted, where there is good evidence available. That is what ought to happen, and I hope that the police and the Crown Prosecution Service will work with us to ensure that we get those outcomes.