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House of Commons Hansard
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Prisons: Inspections
11 November 2009
Volume 499

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 October 2009, Official Report, columns 53-4WS, on temporary transfer of prisoners prior to inspection, whether the cases have been referred to the police for investigation under Prison Service Order 1300; and if he will make a statement. [298916]

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The disciplinary investigation found no evidence of any criminal offence which would have warranted referral to the police for investigation. Had it done so, the police would have been asked for advice, and possible action.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 October 2009, Official Report, columns 53-54WS, on temporary transfer of prisoners prior to inspection, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the investigation into allegations of transferring vulnerable prisoners when the investigation is concluded; and if he will make a statement. [298921]

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It is not Ministry of Justice policy for the contents of disciplinary investigations to be made public. It would therefore not be appropriate to place in the Library a report into disciplinary issues affecting individuals, even when the investigation and resulting disciplinary proceedings are complete.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 October 2009, Official Report, columns 53-54WS, on temporary transfer of prisoners prior to inspection, (1) to whom the investigation into the allegations will report; who will decide on any disciplinary action to be taken if warranted; and if he will make a statement; [298923]

(2) for what reasons he did not decide to hold an independent inquiry into the allegations; and if he will make a statement.

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The disciplinary investigation reported to the Director of Offender Management for London. The disciplinary process is currently overseen by the Chief Operating Officer of the National Offender Management Service.

Once the Chief Inspector of Prisons made the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) aware of allegations of temporary transfers, an internal investigation, conducted by a senior Governor from another NOMS geographical area, was commissioned. As the investigation was into matters for which operational experience was essential this was an appropriate course of action.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 October 2009, Official Report, columns 53-54WS, on temporary transfer of prisoners prior to inspection, whether any Prison Service staff have been (a) suspended and (b) placed on detached or alternative duties whilst the disciplinary investigation is carried out; and if he will make a statement. [298935]

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No members of staff have been suspended. One member of staff was placed on alternative duties, but has now resumed his substantive post.