HL Deb 28 June 2001 vol 626 c20WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have yet made any decisions on the findings of the report by Mr Stephen Shaw on the Triennial Review of the Board of Visitors at HM Prison Standford Hill in December 1999. [HL21]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Rooker)

My right honourable friend the former Minister for Prisons and Probation wrote to the two former members of that Board of Visitors (BOV) who were not reappointed at the end of 1999 to explain that, following the report by the Prisons Ombudsman, he had asked that the disciplinary procedures against them should be continued. Those procedures have now been completed and the Disciplinary Panel hearing the complaints decided that, in view of the criticisms made about the Disciplinary Code and the investigation undertaken, it would be unreasonable to reach conclusions on the cases. Following those decisions, work is now under way on recommendations to be made to my right honourable friend the Minister for Community and Custodial Provision on whether or not the former members should be offered reappointments to the BOV.