Prison (Interception of Communications)

Justice written statement – made at on 16 December 2014.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

On 11 November 2014, I announced that HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) would undertake an independent investigation, which will, by early 2015, report in full on the facts and make recommendations. On 30 November, HMCIP provided me with his interim report, which provides an initial assessment of the initial measures put in place and makes a small number of recommendations, which the National Offender Management Service have begun to address.

I am pleased to report that HMCIP has indicated that the interim measures that were taken have, to a large degree, addressed the immediate concern of confidential communication being inadvertently monitored.

The report is available online at:

http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/inspections

I will also place a copy in the Library of the House.