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Inspections: Public Service

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which organisations have the statutory right of access to Government Departments to inspect the delivery of a public service. (257584)

In the Ministry of Justice, the following organisations have a statutory right of access to inspect the delivery of a public service:

HM Inspectorate of Court Administration (HMICA) was created in 2005 by the Courts Act 2003. The Act gives HMICA the duty to inspect courts and HM Courts Service Board, and to report to the Lord Chancellor on the system that supports the carrying on of the business of the Crown, county and magistrates courts, and the services provided for those courts.

Independent Monitoring Boards have a right of access to monitor prisons under Section 6 of the Prison Act 1952. IMBs, legally known in this context as Visiting Committees, have a right of access to monitor immigration removal centres under Section 152 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons staff have a right of access to Secure Training Centres for the purpose of inspection under Section 43 of the Secure Training Centre Rules 1998, when accompanying a person who is authorised under the Children's Act 1989 and has been charged by the Secretary of State to conduct an inspection.