§ Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings he has had with the Northern Ireland Prison Officers Association in relation to recent strike action by prison officers in Northern Ireland. 
§ Mr. Paul Murphy
The lead in the matter of the strike action had been taken by the Minister of State, who had several meetings with the Prison Officers Association. I have been kept fully informed of events but have not been directly involved in meetings with the union representatives.