Prison Officer Safety

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

What progress the Government have made on improving the safety of prison officers.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We are doing everything we can to protect prison officers. That is about perimeter security to make it more difficult to get the drugs and weapons into the prisons, making sure that prison officers have the protective equipment to protect themselves against attack, gathering the forensic evidence when an attack takes place, and prosecuting prisoners who attack prison officers. We have a huge duty and we will do everything we can to protect them.

Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

I thank my hon. Friend for that good answer. The hard-working staff at HMP Lancaster Farms are doing a very good job in this respect and I invite my hon. Friend to come to Lancaster Farms whenever he can.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Lancaster Farms is a cat C training prison. It is a challenging prison and we are very pleased with the recent inspection report that we have received from Peter Clarke. He is a tough critic, but he sees it as a decent and competent prison. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the governor, Derek Harrison, for the work that he does.