Prisons: Ventilation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the adequacy of ventilation in prisons and management of the risk of covid-19 infection, what guidance he has issued or plans to issue to prison governors on that matter; to what standards prison governors should plan and measure such ventilation; what enforcement activity he plans to undertake to ensure such guidance is followed; and whether he proposes to make funds available to improve standards of ventilation.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Updated guidance “Ventilation in Prisons and Approved Premises during COVID-19 Operating Conditions Guidance (Version 2)” was issued to all prison governors in March 2021. MoJ Property Directorate, working with facilities management providers, is responsible for the management of the ventilation systems. They continuously monitor these systems and identify where any improvements may be needed which would normally be funded from within existing budgets.

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