Wealstun Prison: Legionnaires' Disease

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 13th September 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) causes of the presence of legionella at HMP Wealstun and (b) lessons to learn from the experience at that prison.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether cases of (a) Legionnaires' disease and (b) Pontiac fever have been recorded at HMP Wealstun.

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

During routine water sampling, as part of preventative maintenance, some readings of legionella bacteria were traced at HMP Wealstun. All the affected systems have been isolated and treated. The Facilities Management provider is currently investigating the reasons for the presence of legionella at the prison and will produce a report, which will include lessons learnt from this incident.

There are no recorded cases of legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever in HMP Wealstun.

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