HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution Stirling

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 29 February 2024.

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Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

Disturbances at HMP YOI Stirling continue almost daily and have a serious detrimental effect on residents and the local community. The Scottish Prison Service has attempted to consult and to rectify the situation, but nothing that has been implemented to date has made any significant or lasting difference. Residents believe that the prison is out of control. What further action can the Scottish Government and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs take to support the residents and vulnerable inmates in that prison?

Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs continues to engage with the Prison Service on the issue, and my understanding is that she has met Alexander Stewart as well.

I take some exception to the suggestion that the estate is “out of control”. I do not agree with that assertion in any way whatsoever. We know that, through the actions that were taken, there was a slightly quieter period over Christmas, but there have been incidents in the past couple of weeks, which, rightly and understandably, have caused concern to residents. An action plan is in place and I will ensure that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs engages again with Alexander Stewart in order to give him an update on the actions that are being taken.

The Presiding Officer:

That concludes First Minister’s question time. The next item of business is a members’ business debate in the name of Paul Sweeney. There will be a short suspension to allow those who are leaving the chamber and public gallery to do so.

12:45 Meeting suspended.

12:47 On resuming—