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Crime: Prison Officers

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 21 May (WA 82), why HM Prison Service does not record all prosecutions or convictions of prison officers. [HL3969]

Prison Service staff are required to inform their line managers if they have been charged or convicted of a criminal offence or receive a police caution. Information reported remains in local records. The Prison Service will consider whether to change these procedures as part of its improvement plan to strengthen the service’s approach to tackling corruption.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why no information is held centrally on the number of prison officers convicted of offences of corruption or other offences relating to their duties, when such information is held on the number of police officers so convicted. [HL4009]

The value of central collection of information on staff prosecutions or convictions will be considered as part of the improvement plan to strengthen the Prison Service’s approach to tackling corruption.