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HMP Liverpool

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of HMP Liverpool of the prison officers strike at that prison on 17 and 18 November 2009. (300950)

The industrial action at HMP Liverpool on 17 and 18 November led to reduced staffing levels at the prison, with a resulting adverse impact on the prison regime. This included the cancellation of visits for prisoners, no prisoners being sent to court directly from HMP Liverpool, only very limited regime activities operating, and the deployment of police to patrol the perimeter and picket line. The industrial action was unjustified, and unlawful, contrary to the provisions of s.127 of the Criminal Justice and part 2 order Act 1994, as amended.