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Aleksey Baranovsky

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps (a) he and (b) the National Offender Management Service have taken in response to the report of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman on the circumstances surrounding the death of a prisoner at HMP Rye Hill; and what plans he has to respond to the recommendation of the Ombudsman on further investigations in relation to the death of Aleksey Baranovsky. (295489)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) drew up an action plan in response to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman's 22 recommendations following Mr. Baranovsky's death in 2006 at HMP Rye Hill. 18 of the recommendations have been fully addressed, including those to do with further investigations. The remaining four were referred to Primecare, the healthcare provider at the time of Mr. Baranovsky's death, who have failed to respond. Following the death, the contract with Primecare was terminated.