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East Sutton Park Prison: Prisoner Escapes

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Prison Service on the transfer and subsequent absconsion of Jane Andrews from HMP East Sutton; and if he will make a statement. (303207)

Ministers would not be routinely informed about the transfer of a prisoner from one open prison to another, and I was not informed in this case. I was informed that this prisoner had absconded, my office was regularly briefed during the time she was unlawfully at large, and I was informed when she was apprehended by Kent Police. An investigation into her abscond is under way. The interim report should be completed by 3 December.