Prisons: Inspections

Justice written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison governors have reported moving prisoners immediately prior to an inspection in the last 12 months.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

Governors are not required to report transferring prisoners to other establishments as transfers are a regular and frequent occurrence.

On 20 October 2009, the Secretary of State for Justice, made a statement to the House of Commons asking Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons to work with the Ministry of Justice director of analytical services to investigate whether any temporary transfer of prisoners had occurred before an inspection by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. The results of this investigation will be made available in due course.

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