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Pentonville Prison: Standards

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what mechanisms are in place to ensure that investigations into professional standards issues among staff at HM Prison Pentonville are conducted according to Prison Service Orders; if she will ensure that all relevant evidence is made available to staff facing disciplinary action for the preparation of their responses; and if she will make a statement. (139565)

The Commissioning Authority is responsible for monitoring compliance with the relevant PSO in the first instance. Oversight of service wide arrangements for dealing with investigations is provided by a committee chaired by the director of personnel.

There is a general presumption that all relevant evidence is disclosed but the person conducting the hearing may withhold any piece of evidence if justified. In the event that it is judged necessary to withhold any evidence, grounds for doing so will be presented at the hearing.