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HMP Whitemoor: Discrimination

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 873-4W, on prisons: complaints, how many complaints by prison officers have been made against fellow officers at HMP Whitemoor on the grounds of (a) sexual discrimination, (b) sexual harassment, (c) homophobic behaviour and (d) racial discrimination in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these complaints were upheld; what proportion of those making such complaints received compensation payments; and how much each received. (246172)

Information held locally by the establishment is only readily available for the period since 2001-02. The table lists those cases involving complaints made by prison officers about fellow officers.

Year

Number of cases

Type of complaint

Complaint upheld/dismissed

2001-02

2

Racial discrimination

Upheld

2002-03

1

Sexual harassment

Upheld

2003-04

1

Sexual discrimination

Dismissed

1

Sexual discrimination

Partially upheld

2004-05

1

Racial discrimination

Upheld

2005-06

None

2006-07

3

Racial discrimination

Upheld

1

Racial discrimination1

Upheld

2

Racial discrimination

Dismissed

2007-08

1

Homophobic behaviour

Upheld

1

Sexual harassment

Partially upheld

2008-092

None

1 This case also involved complaints made against staff from other areas of the Prison Service.

2 To end 12/2008

Payments were made in two of these cases which were both the subjects of confidentiality agreements. To identify amounts paid, or which cases were involved would breach that agreement, and may enable individuals to be identified.