Prisons: Ventilation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd 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, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2021 to Question 30344 on Prisons: Ventilation, what budget has been made available for enforcement activities in respect of ventilation in prisons in each of the last ten years; what enforcement action has been taken in respect of ventilation in prisons in each of the last ten years; and when he last met (a) prison governors and (b) representatives of the Prison Officers’ Association to discuss ventilation in prisons.

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

The Ministry of Justice is not an enforcing authority and does not engage in enforcement activity. We are not aware of any enforcement action against HMPPS in relation to ventilation.

While there is regular engagement with prison governors and representatives of the Prison Officers’ Association on issues relating to health and safety in prisons, there have been no meetings to discuss ventilation specifically.

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