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Prisoners: Gender Identity Disorder

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, columns 789-90W, on gender identity disorder: prisoners, from whom the draft guidance on the treatment of prisoners with gender dysphoria is available for (a) prisons and (b) prisoners. (312923)

As was indicated in the previous answer given to the House on 11 January 2010, Official Report column 789-90W, the responsibility for the production of the draft guidance on the treatment, care and management of transsexual prisoners is split between officials in the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice but in the majority of instances where prison staff have requested advice these have been directed to the latter and more specifically officials in Safer Custody and Offender Policy Group in the National Offender Management Service. As the document is still in draft form it is not readily available for wider distribution beyond policy officials and prison staff but where necessary the advice and information contained within is made available to prisoner(s) who require it.