HL Deb 12 July 1984 vol 454 c1166WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What directions or advice have been given to governors and boards of visitors of prisons regarding the disclosure of evidence to prisoners facing adjudication before the board of visitors.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Elton)

Governors and boards have been advised that when a prisoner who is not legally represented requests it he should be given a copy of any written statement to be entered in evidence. Governors and boards have been advised that in a case where there is legal representation any question of advance disclosure should normally be dealt with by the governor's legal representative, who is instructed to make available to the prisoner's representative copies of all statements which it is intended to use against the prisoner.