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Crime: Prison Officers

Volume 692: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why information regarding convictions and other criminal offences by prison officers is kept only in local records and not at the highest level of HM Prison Service. [HL4150]

As previously advised on 21 May 2007 (Official Report, col. WA 83), 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.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether Ministers would expect to be notified in the event of a prison officer being (a) prosecuted or convicted of corruption; or (b) convicted of any other crime related to their duty as a prison officer. [HL4151]

Ministers are not notified routinely whenever a prison officer is prosecuted or convicted of corruption or any other crime related to their duty as a prison officer. However, this position is reviewed on a case by case basis.