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Ashwell Prison

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what date he expects the report on the riot at HM Prison Ashwell to be published. (302182)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has drawn up an action plan in response to each of the recommendations in the report, all of which were accepted by Ministers. I placed a copy of the action plan in the Libraries of the House in response to a question from the hon. Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier) on 11 November 2009, Official Report, column 462W.

It would not be appropriate to publish a restricted report, containing sensitive information and while a police investigation is continuing. Key findings were, however that the incident could not have been foreseen; that the prisoners held at Ashwell were appropriate for the prison; and that staffing levels were also appropriate.

A strategic review of Ashwell is well underway, and I will report to the House once further decisions have been taken.