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Prisons: Complaints

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints the Independent Monitoring Board for Prisons in Northern Ireland has received in each year since its inception; how many such complaints were (a) upheld and (b) dismissed; and of those dismissed, for what reasons they were dismissed. (295794)

It is not possible to quantify the number of complaints in any one year as many complaints are raised and dealt with on the day of members' rota visits and not always recorded. Complaints and requests dealt with by IMB are not subject to a formal resolution process but rather are addressed through local discussion with the relevant governor and consequently not formally recorded as being upheld or dismissed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prison officers have been given the right of reply by the Independent Monitoring Board for Prisons (IMB) in Northern Ireland to a complaint made about them in each year since the IMB's inception. (295795)

The IMB has no jurisdiction to investigate complaints about prison staff. Where such a complaint is raised with the IMB, it would be immediately forwarded to the Prison Service for investigation.