VICTORIA PRENTIS MP SPEAKS IN DEBATE ON PROTEST ACTION BY THE PRISON OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

On 15 November 2016, Victoria Prentis MP spoke in a debate on protest action taken by the Prison Officers Association (POA). As a member of the Justice Committee and a former civil service lawyer, Victoria takes a keen interest in the safety of prisoners and officers.

The below account is taken from the official House of Commons Hansard from Tuesday 15 November 2016:

Victoria Prentis (Banbury) (Con): When I was a very junior civil servant under a Labour Government, one of my first tasks was to get an injunction to stop the POA going on strike—we did that many years ago. Will the Secretary of State tell us the effects of the current unlawful industrial action, both on those who work in our prisons and on those detained in them?

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Elizabeth Truss): We have implemented our contingency plans across the prison estate, at local, regional and national levels, but clearly we will not be able to run full regimes and that puts people at more risk. We are managing as safely as we can, but I strongly urge the POA to come back to the table to start negotiations again, so that we can reach a solution that helps make our prisons safer.