Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 100 - 103)



  100. Do you recruit amongst the auxiliaries? Can auxiliaries be members of the Prison Offiers Association?
  (Mr Spratt) They are members of the Prison Offiers Association.

  101. Just a last couple of quick questions, if I can. The forthcoming review of prison legislation is being undertaken, I am just interested in what input the Association is making to the Review and any particular changes you are likely to flag up on this occasion.
  (Mr Spratt) We have an opportunity of an input to prisoner's complaints and procedures, and there are certain things we want to address on that. I also note from the last witness about how outdated the Prison Act law is in relation to Northern Ireland. We would welcome a review, and any contribution we can make we are happy and prepared to do so.

  102. What about the formalisation of the role of the Prison Inspectorate, in practical terms is that going to make a difference?
  (Mr Spratt) I do not think that is going to make such a difference, because we already have the facility of the Chief Inspector of Prisons here in the England and Wales, so I do not think it is going to make a big difference.

  Mr Pound: Thank you.


  103. Let me see if there is any member of the Committee who wants to ask Mr Spratt or Mr Smith anything subsequent to what we have already asked. On behalf of the Committee can I thank you both most warmly. It was a very pleasurable session when we took evidence from you last time, both pleasurable and instructive, and the same has been true today. We are very appreciative. We are going to see the Prison Governors next week. We are a week away from completing taking evidence, but we hope that we will be able to pull this together fairly shortly thereafter. If we have any supplementary questions we will come back to you in writing.
  (Mr Spratt) Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to put our case. Thank you.

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