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HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: I begin by welcoming the hon. Lady to her place, and I will try to address the points she raises. I was pleased to hear her remarks about not wanting to prejudice a future trial, because we must keep in mind that escape is a criminal offence. She asks whether there will be inquiries into the staff on duty and the quality of training. Absolutely; that is precisely what I have asked to take...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: My hon. Friend is right to draw attention to these matters. As I have indicated, the inquiry must take its course and the issue of staffing will no doubt be considered. Necessarily, we cannot go into a huge amount of detail, but what I can say is that in all prisons staff take on different roles. On the specific issue of staffing at the security end of the prison, the positions were staffed...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: May I deal with the hon. Gentleman’s second point first? Prison officers do an extremely important job, and I will of course listen carefully to what the Prison Officers Association has to say about this matter. I have already had a meeting—albeit predating this incident, as he might expect—and that productive and constructive relationship will continue. Let me deal with the hon....

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: I hope that my hon. Friend will not take it as a discourtesy when I say that nothing has occurred to him about lines of inquiry that has not occurred to me, my ministerial colleagues and members of HMPPS. All lines of inquiry are being considered, including all those that I am sure are occurring to hon. Members.

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Lady began by expressing concern on behalf of her constituents. She was right to raise that. I invite her and her constituents to consider the remarks of the Metropolitan police that the prisoner is believed to be a low risk to the community. It is important to stress that in the House. It is an overriding and overwhelming priority for me to increase staff numbers, and I am pleased...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: It is worth stepping back and reflecting for a moment on the fact that the programme of infra- structure investment in prisons is second in Government only to HS2. A huge amount of investment is going into our prisons and I have seen what that can do. I have been to HMP Five Wells and HMP Fosse Way. Millsike is under construction. Those are modern, safe, secure, decent and rehabilitative...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: That is precisely a question that has occurred to me and that I want answered, by the end of the week I would hope and expect, but certainly in very short order.

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising those points on behalf of her constituents. We all have a duty, which she will uphold as well as anyone else, to ensure that people are not alarmed. I draw her attention and that of her constituents to the Metropolitan police’s remarks that the man should not be approached, but that he is considered to be low risk, and not a larger risk to the...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: I agree with all the hon. Gentleman’s remarks. Every prisons Minister and Secretary of State, whether Labour or Conservative, will say that prison officers do a wonderful job, and it is a hidden service. I believe that to my bootstraps, which is why I met the Unlocked Graduates in Leeds to thank them personally for what they do, and why we hosted a reception recently at No. 10. It is an...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: I thank the hon. Lady for raising those points. She is right about staffing; we need to drive it up. As I indicated, we have done things that make a meaningful difference—I was down at HMP Isis speaking to a band 3 officer about precisely that—such as rolling out body-worn video across the estate. That is an incredibly important tool to dial down potentially volatile situations and, if...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: That is one of the very issues that is being looked into urgently.

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: The hon. Gentleman asks a really probing question and makes an important point, if I may say so. The decision about where he was held was based on an assessment of the circumstances relating to that individual and the alleged offending, not about whether there was space in the category A estate. There was space to put him there, if that had been the right assessment. What we have to get to...

HMPPS Update ( 7 Sep 2023)

Alex Chalk: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. With your permission, I would like to make a statement on the escape from HMP Wandsworth yesterday morning, Wednesday 6 September, of a prisoner by the name of Daniel Abed Khalife. Daniel Khalife was remanded in custody at HMP Wandsworth on 28 January this year, having been charged with offences alleged to have taken place in 2021 while he was serving in the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Homicide Sentencing Review: Government Response to the Independent Review by Clare Wade KC (20 Jul 2023)

Alex Chalk: I am pleased to publish today the Government’s full response to the recommendations made by Clare Wade KC in the independent Domestic Homicide Sentencing Review. This builds on the interim response which was made alongside publication of the Review in March this year and involves important legislative changes to the sentencing framework in England and Wales. Murder is the most serious crime...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice system update (13 Jul 2023)

Alex Chalk: I am today confirming the Government’s decision on pay awards for both prison staff and the judiciary. Prison Staff Pay Award 2023/24 Having carefully considered the Prison Service Pay Review Body’s (PSPRB) recommendations on the 2023/24 pay award, we are accepting in full the 13 recommendations made by the PSPRB for all staff within their remit for implementation in this financial...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Progress report on the implementation of the Rape Review Action Plan, Operation Soteria National Operating Model, SSVS – remote observation (10 Jul 2023)

Alex Chalk: My Hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Suella Braverman) and I are pleased to announce that the government is today publishing a progress report two years on from the publication of the End-to-End Rape Review Action Plan. This is the fourth six-monthly progress report on implementation, and demonstrates the Government’s ongoing commitment to be transparent and...

Justice: Prison Overcrowding (27 Jun 2023)

Alex Chalk: I regularly meet the senior judiciary, including the Lord Chief Justice, to discuss priority issues across the justice system, including prisons. We are delivering 20,000 additional modern prison places, the largest prison build programme since the Victorian era, ensuring the right conditions are in place to rehabilitate prisoners, cut crime and protect the public. We have already delivered...

Justice: Prison Overcrowding (27 Jun 2023)

Alex Chalk: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman and will be happy to meet him to discuss that. I am glad that he paid tribute to prison officers, who do spectacularly important work. One thing I am proud of delivering is body-worn video cameras for all of them, because that is so important for de-escalating volatile situations and potentially gathering evidence so that they can see justice done. Joint...

Justice: Prison Overcrowding (27 Jun 2023)

Alex Chalk: Those are excellent points. Let me begin by joining my hon. Friend in welcoming Dame Sue Carr, whose appointment has been hugely welcomed across the political spectrum, across the legal sector and beyond. I also pay tribute to Lord Burnett. I think I speak on behalf of everyone in the House in saying that there is nothing but regard and respect for the contribution that he has made. On...

Justice: Prison Overcrowding (27 Jun 2023)

Alex Chalk: I am grateful to the hon. Lady. It is worth reflecting that the second biggest programme in Government after High Speed 2 is in prison building. I invite her to go and look at Five Wells or Fosse Way, or at the work taking place at Millsike. Those are modern, safe, rehabilitative, productive prisons. We make no apology for investing in our prison estate because, if we can bear down on the...

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