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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 23rd April 2019.

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

I am delighted to be able to remind the House that PAVA spray is an incapacitating spray and that it can be safer, when dealing with acts of extreme violence, to use a spray rather than pulling out a baton or rolling around with someone on the ground. We need to use these sprays in a moderate, controlled fashion, but they can reduce extreme violence in prisons and protect our prison officers, so we are proud to be rolling them out.