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Department: Ministry of Justice

Oral Answers to Questions

David Hanson Excerpts
Tuesday 5th December 2017

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Mr Lidington Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Dec 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Yes, I do agree. I think it important for Ministers and officials in the Prison Service to trust the professionalism of governors who are in charge of individual establishments, which is why, as national contracts for particular services expire—for example, maintenance, repairs and food procurement contracts—we will seek opportunities to devolve them to establishment level.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Dec 2017, 12:02 p.m.

The Secretary of State will have noted that comments made by chief inspector of prisons about one of his reform prisons are quoted in today’s edition of The Times under the headline “‘Trailblazing’ jail is swamped with drugs”. The prison is said to have deteriorated over the last 12 months. I am genuinely interested to know whether the Lord Chancellor can tell us who is responsible for that—the governor, the head of the prison and probation service, Michael Spurr, or the Lord Chancellor himself.

Mr Lidington Parliament Live - Hansard

Ultimately, I am responsible for the Department and the services that it provides. As is the case with every inspection report, the Prison Service will take action to remedy the problems identified by the chief inspector, and a new scanner to detect drugs has already been installed at Holme House.