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Prison Discipline

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to bring to the attention of prisoners the alteration in prison rule 47 made in 1989; and when the booklet made available to prisoners concerning matters relating to discipline was last revised.

Circular instruction 25/1989, issued in June 1989, advised governors that information should be made available to prisoners about the change made to the disciplinary rules on 1 April 1989 and asked them to consider what steps they needed to take for this purpose. An extract from the new rules was also sent to prison establishments in March 1989 for inclusion in the manual on the conduct of adjudications, a copy of which is available to prisoners in every prison library and which they may purchase if they wish. A revised prisoner information booklet containing details of the new code of offences will be circulated shortly; the booklet was previously revised in 1986.