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Department: Ministry of Justice

Oral Answers to Questions

David Hanson Excerpts
Tuesday 5th June 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Rory Stewart Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 12:04 p.m.

I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend for visiting Pentonville prison. I was lucky enough to be there two weeks ago, and I pay tribute to its excellent governor for the very good work he is doing. It is one of the most testing, busy London local prisons, and it faces a huge number of issues, but protecting prison officers is fundamentally about having a predictable, stable regime, enough prison officers on the landing, the right kind of training and relationships to calm things down, and, ultimately, protection.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 12:02 p.m.

Given that the number of assaults on prison officers has risen by 23% in the past 12 months, what assessment has the Minister made of new psychoactive substances causing that problem? When does he expect the roll-out of body-worn cameras to be complete?

Rory Stewart Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jun 2018, 12:03 p.m.

The right hon. Gentleman is a very experienced predecessor in my job. Clearly there is a strong correlation with these new psychoactive substances; it is difficult otherwise to account for the huge rise in violence. The substances seem to drive both self-harming behaviour and extreme violent behaviour. I will give a written answer on exactly when we will fulfil the body-worn camera programme.