Prison Service: Standards

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to ensure that those responsible for the investigation of professional standards issues within HM Prison Service are not influenced by those responsible for managed moves and career progression within the organisation as part of their investigations; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Section 3.B of Prison Service Order 1300—Investigations states:

"Investigators must have no significant conflicts of interest with the matter or persons under investigation. Should such conflicts arise within the course of an investigation the matter must be immediately referred to the Commissioning Authority."

This is a mandatory requirement and commissioning authorities must ensure that this requirement is met.

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