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Wormwood Scrubs

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 28 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received the report of the regional director for prisons on the incidents at Wormwood Scrubs in August 1979; and whether he will make a statement.


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is now ready to publish the report of the Gibson inquiry into the incident at Wormwood Scrubs.

Following a communication made to me earlier this week by Mr. Gibson, the regional director for the South-East region of the prison department who has been conducting the investigation into the incident at Wormwood Scrubs prison on 31 August 1979, I am asking the police to investigate allegations of criminal offences by staff against prisoners.Mr. Gibson will report to me in due course on the basis of the inquiries which has has already made on other aspects of the incident. Mr. Gibson has already concluded that the deployment of the MUFTI teams to regain control of D Wing was fully justified and that prison officers must continue to be trained and equipped to deal with acts of concerted indiscipline by inmates. I fully endorse that view. I will make a further statement when I have received Mr. Gibson's report.