HC Deb 04 March 1996 vol 273 c49W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been referred to the prison ombudsman since his appointment. [18083]

Miss Widdecombe

The prison ombudsman had received 2,327 letters of complaint by 27 February 1996, of which 620 were eligible for investigation by his office; the eligibility of a further 121 was being considered. Investigations into 463 complaints have now been completed and the complaint upheld on 201 occasions. In a further 42 cases the complaint was resolved or withdrawn during the course of the investigation.

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