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Prisoners: Transsexuality

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines are in place for dealing with transgender prisoners; and if he will make a statement. (157760)

Prisoners are entitled to receive the full range of NHS services. In rare cases where a prisoner has or has had a gender dysphoria, a draft prison service order has been prepared. This contains guidance on the management, treatment and care of these prisoners—both pre and post-operative transsexual people.

This document is currently subject to a formal consultation exercise involving a wide range of stakeholders. The document will be reviewed in light of the comments received and issued at the beginning of next year. Copies will be placed in the Library.