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Departments: Racial Harassment

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 141-2W, on Departments: racial harassment, how many of the 79 formal disciplinary investigations conducted in relation to the Prison Service concerned allegations made by (a) prisoners and (b) other members of staff; and how many people have been (i) disciplined and (ii) dismissed as a result of the 35 complaints that were upheld. (152819)

The public sector Prison Service does not hold the information requested centrally in a format that would enable a detailed response to be provided.

From the information that is held on the central database, it is not clear if the individual making the allegation is a prisoner or a member of staff. It is also not possible to break the disciplinary outcome figures down any further as one investigation can involve a complaint being made against more than one person. In order to provide this information it would be necessary to recall and manually examine each individual report which would incur a disproportionate cost.