§ Mr. Merchant
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the outcome of Sir David Yardley's disciplinary investigation following the escape of prisoners from Whitemoor prison on 9 December 1994. 475W
§ Mr. Howard
Sir David Yardley has submitted the report of the investigation he conducted under the Prison Service code of conduct and discipline to the permanent under-secretary of state for the Home Office. He has recommended that no disciplinary charges should be laid against any individual member of staff. These recommendations have been accepted by those responsible for taking disciplinary decisions under the code. However, Sir David Yardley's report also identifies serious performance shortcomings on the part of a number of individuals in respect of whom appropriate management action will be taken. Final decisions on that action will be taken after those concerned have been given the opportunity to make representations. This action will be in addition to the extensive management action relating to staff, recommended in Sir John Woodcock's report, which is already in progress.