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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of measures to prevent prisoners from absconding from open prisons. (95433)

Public safety is paramount, and despite the current population pressures I can provide assurance it will not be compromised. The requirement for prisoners to pass a robust and rigorous risk assessment to qualify for open conditions is the most effective way of ensuring this.