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Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the risk of disorder in prisons in England and Wales. (295325)

While major disorder within prisons is notoriously difficult to predict the National Offender Management Service does monitor routinely the stability of prisons both at local and national level.

The latest assessment shows that, although roof climbs and other incidents at height have increased, other incidents relating to disorder such as concerted indiscipline, barricades, hostage taking and assaults, have not shown an overall increase and in some cases have decreased. Staff continue to perform an excellent job in maintaining control and order within prison establishments.