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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08317: Douglas Ross (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of prison monitoring visits have been carried out on an unannounced basis.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 18 April 2017

The precise number is not available. However, prisons are not informed in advance of the date or time of rota visits, only which IPM(s) will attend during any given week so the significant majority of monitoring visits conducted are unannounced.