HC Deb 06 June 1991 vol 192 c334W
17. Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on industrial relations within the prison service.

Mrs. Rumbold

There are currently 43 local disputes registered under the disputes procedure agreed between the POA and prison service management. The level of disputes is a matter of concern, particularly when it results in industrial action leading to prisoners being held in police cells.

Following a POA ballot last June in favour of industrial action but not strike action on issues of staffing and safety, there has been a series of meetings with the POA to resolve the dispute which have not yet been successful.

Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will next meet the Prison Reform Trust to discuss implementation of the recommendations of the Woolf report.

Mrs. Rumbold

My right hon. Friend will next month be addressing a conference organised by the Prison Reform Trust. We shall listen with interest to all representations made about the future direction of the prison service while preparing the forthcoming White Paper.

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