HC Deb 09 November 1978 vol 957 c354W
Rev. Ian Paisley

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to resolve the dispute with prison officers in the prisons of Northern Ireland.

Mr. Concannon

The present dispute results from a claim for an increase from £3 to £5 per day in the emergency allowance payable to prison officers in Northern Ireland.

Discussions are continuing with the Prison Officer's Association. I believe that this allowance is an appropriate matter for the inquiry into prison service conditions throughout the United Kingdom, since its remit will include pay and conditions of service. I hope that in the light of this independent review the prison officers in Northern Ireland will demonstrate their responsibility and return to normal duties.