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Prisons: Wormwood Scrubs

Volume 688: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress they have made in implementing the recommendations set out in Chapter 8 of the Clark report of 15 April 2003 (Report of an investigation into the management of HMP Wormwood Scrubs between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1998); and, if they have decided not to implement them, why they reached that decision. [HL184]

The Clark report made a large number of recommendations on a wide range of issues. Significant progress has been made and action on a number of recommendations is ongoing. No recommendations were rejected. At Wormwood Scrubs robust procedures have been introduced to ensure swift action is initiated in the event of any evidence or allegation of mistreatment of prisoners.

Cameras have been installed in all the sensitive areas including reception and the segregation unit, and management, supported by local staff associations, has consistently emphasised that mistreatment of prisoners will not be tolerated. Recent reports from HMCIP have commented on these improvements.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they will not implement certain recommendations set out in Section 4 of the April 2004 report by Peter Quinn and Peter Siddons (HMP Wormwood Scrubs Review of Civil Litigation). [HL185]

Every recommendation in the report was given the most careful consideration. The Government believe that lessons have been learnt, extensive investigations have taken place, and Wormwood Scrubs has changed significantly for the better. At Wormwood Scrubs robust procedures have been introduced to ensure swift action is initiated in the event of any evidence or allegation of mistreatment of prisoners.

Cameras have been installed in all the sensitive areas including reception and the segregation unit, and management, supported by local staff associations, has consistently emphasised that mistreatment of prisoners will not be tolerated. Recent reports from HMCIP have commented on these improvements.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On what date HM Chief Inspector of Prisons was supplied with reports of internal inquiries on events at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, including the London Area Office review of the criminal litigation, the Hind report (October 2002), the Clark report (15 April 2003) and the report by Peter Quinn and Peter Siddons (April 2004). [HL186]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any of the management team at HMP Wormwood Scrubs during the period December 1992 to April 1998 are still employed within the National Offender Management Service. [HL187]

Six individuals who served as members of the management team at Wormwood Scrubs during this period are still employed within the National Offender Management Service.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any of the management team at HMP Wormwood Scrubs during the period December 1992 to April 1998 faced any form of disciplinary action arising out of the violence against inmates at the prison; and, where relevant, what was the outcome of the disciplinary action taken. [HL188]