HC Deb 12 May 1989 vol 152 c561W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he last met the chairman of the Prison Officers Association; and what subjects were discussed.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

My right hon. Friend last invited the chairman of the Prison Officers Association (POA) to meet him on 29 September 1988. Discussion centred on the urgent need for prison officers to end industrial action which was contributing significantly to the unacceptably high number of prisoners—around 1,700—then being held in police cells. A number of more general points were also discussed.