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Prison Governors

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are made by his Department to ensure that governor grades in prisons in England and Wales spend time within wings and are regularly available to be seen by inmates.

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Tom Cox, dated July 1993:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about checks made by his Department to ensure that governor grades in prisons in England and Wales spend time within wings and are regularly available to be seen by inmates.

Governor grades are expected to maintain a regular presence on prison wings to provide access for prisoners in the

Fatal and serious assaults on Police by Sex of Victim 1984 to 1992

Year

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

Sex

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Lewisham

Fatal0000000000

1

1

000000
Serious Injury0030201120

1

1

200000
Total0030201120

1

1

200000

grounds that he is not satisfied that they can be maintained and accommodated without recourse to public funds, in each quarter since January 1992, and in total.

The available information relating to after entry cases is given in the table. Information on dependent children is not readily available.exercise of their management and supervisory role. There is no set period of time during which governors are obliged to be present on the wings, and their attendance will depend upon day to day circumstances and the priorities at the time. In many prisons, though, a governor will be based in an office on each wing and in all prisons a governor grade is available usually on a daily basis, to hear applications from prisoners.The way in which governors carry out their duties is monitored in a number of ways: their accessibility to prisoners will be one of the many aspects which area managers will seek to cover during their frequent visits to establishments.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female, Metropolitan police officers have suffered (i) violent injury and (ii) death while performing their professional duties, for each year from 1980 to 1992; and how many in each case were stationed in Lewisham.

The information is readily available from 1984 and is contained in the table.

Year

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

Sex

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Metropolitan Police District

Fatal0110001000

1

1

103000
Serious injury471772733465675

1

1

464868645
Total472782733475675

1

1

474898645

1 Not currently available

Figures prior to 1991 include attacks on prison officials etc. by prisoner in custody.