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Prisons (Disturbances)

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many inmates have been charged with offences against prison rules following the recent prison disturbances in Scotland; how many have been found guilty; and what awards have been given.

Charges, or adjudications by governors or visiting committees, for alleged offences under the Prison (Scotland) Rules 1952 do not proceed if the same allegations are subject to independent criminal investigation.Allegations of offences during recent incidents at Shotts prison (26–27 September), Peterhead (28 September to 3 October) and Perth prison (4–6 October) are the subject of investigation by the police and procurators-fiscal. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the nature or possible outcome of these investigations, or any criminal, proceedings which might result.