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Department: Ministry of Justice

Oral Answers to Questions

David Hanson Excerpts
Tuesday 5th September 2017

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Mr Speaker Hansard

We are now substantially better informed.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Hansard
5 Sep 2017, 3:09 p.m.

The escape in February of a convicted murderer serving a 30-year sentence was linked to the dropping of a mobile phone into a prison in Liverpool using a drone so that he could liaise with villains outside to effect his escape. What steps is the Minister taking to enhance and expand the scheme that he has put in place to disrupt drones over prisons? In passing, has he found the prisoner yet?

Mr Gyimah Hansard
5 Sep 2017, 3:09 p.m.

The right hon. Gentleman, as a former prisons Minister, is well aware that the job of tracking down and arresting criminals is one for the police service, not the prisons Minister. In response to his other question, we are looking at various types of technology to disrupt drones flying into our prisons to deliver contraband.