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Ashwell Prison

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 252W, on Ashwell prison; when he plans to publish the report of the investigation into the riot at HM prison Ashwell in April 2009; and for what reasons there has been a delay in publication. (292393)

In his written ministerial statement to the House on 20 April 2009, Official Report, columns, 2-3WS, my right hon. Friend the member for Delyn (Mr. Hanson) told the House that a committee of the corporate management board of the Ministry of Justice would scrutinise the report and pass it to Ministers. That process has been completed and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has drawn up an action plan in response to each of the recommendations in the report, all of which were accepted by Ministers. I am today placing a copy of the action plan in the Library.

It would not be appropriate to publish a restricted report, containing sensitive information and while a police investigation is continuing. Key findings were, however that the incident could not have been foreseen; that the prisoners held at Ashwell were appropriate for the prison; and that staffing levels were also appropriate.

A strategic review of Ashwell is well underway, and I will report to the House once further decisions have been taken.