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Prisons

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances warning code entries are not completed on a prison service F2050 form; and if he will make a statement. (192681)

Prison Service Order 0500 (Reception), which is available in the Library of the House, sets out the procedures to be followed on reception of a prisoner into prison to ensure that important information, including warning information from the Prisoner Escort Record, is appropriately recorded and made available to those staff and departments who need it. The F2050 form—the prisoner's core record—does not have any spaces for warning "codes" to be entered. There are boxes for the dates of security and medical warnings but not for codes or any further details. When a prisoner arrives at prison for the first time, parts of the prisoner core record F2050, which accompanies the prisoner, should have been completed by the escort contractor's staff. Prison reception staff also receive a Prisoner Escort Record form on which some information is recorded in the form of codes. These codes are not transferred to the F2050, but the relevant information is transferred as appropriate to either the F2050, the ACCT (self-harm) form, the cell sharing risk assessment, the prisoner's security file or inmate medical records.