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Armed Forces: Prisons

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans exist for using the armed forces to replace prison guards during a strike. (157048)

Service personnel are only used to provide cover during industrial disputes such as prison strikes as a last resort. There are accordingly no armed forces personnel on permanent stand-by to provide cover for striking prison officers. In the event of a strike, HM Prison Service will explore all available options, with armed forces personnel being used only if necessary.