§ Mr. Madden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State met Professor Bob Johnson, psychiatrist at Parkhurst prison; what action the Minister has taken as a result of that meeting; what analysis has been undertaken of the results obtained from work undertaken by Professor Johnson at Parkhurst prison; if Professor Johnson and the governor of Parkhurst prison have been asked to supply further information; what plans he has to visit Parkhurst prison to discuss Professor Johnson's work with staff and prisoners; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
I first met Dr. Johnson during a visit to Parkhurst prison in October last year. He subsequently came to see me at the Home Office. As a result, I asked the Director General of the Prison Service to consider the need for research into the effectiveness of Dr. Johnson's work.
Dr. Johnson has since discussed his work and its evaluation with the director general and other Prison Service officials. It is intended that the research will be undertaken later this year.
I have no plans to visit the prison again in the near future.