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Informants: Prisons

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on informants: prisons, how many and what proportion of system managers responsible for overseeing the use of prison informants are in receipt of the new training package introduced in 2006; and if he will make a statement. (124868)

Authorising officers (we no longer use the term system manager) in 32 of the 34 establishments testing out the new policy and procedures have now received the new training package. This is 94 per cent. of the pilot sites or 23 per cent. of the prison estate overall.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on informants: prisons, whether awareness sessions qualify managers to become involved with prison informants; at what level this engagement takes place; and if he will make a statement. (124869)

The legislation and codes of practice do not set minimum standards for training. The awareness sessions for informant controllers and authorising officers will be supplemented by role- specific training available from 12 March 2007.