HC Deb 13 July 1999 vol 335 c108W
Lorna Fitzsimons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to ensure that the custody ethnic monitoring form is filled in accurately by custody officers. [90270]

Mr. George Howarth

On first reception into Prison Service custody, the ethnic origin of each prisoner is recorded with other personal details on a standard prisoner record. This is a mandatory requirement under the Prison Service Order on Race Relations, a copy of which is in the Library. Reception officers are responsible for obtaining and recording the ethnic origin of each newly received prisoner. The personal details recorded on this form, including ethnic origin, are checked on every occasion of transfer to another prison.