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Prisoners: Disabled

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that prisons comply with their responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. (199675)

The Ministry of Justice has just published its Disability Equality Scheme which covers all prisons. It sets out the approach that the Ministry of Justice will take to fulfil its statutory obligations to deliver equality of opportunity to disabled staff, offenders and other persons who come into contact with the Ministry of Justice.

The National Offender Management Service will in April issue a revised prison service order and standard, to expand on and update existing instructions. These explain the duties and responsibilities prisons have for prisoners with disabilities. It sets out those actions which must be undertaken by prison staff to ensure that the duties under the Disability Discrimination Act are met.