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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10082: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to ensure “on protection” prisoners have the same possibility of movement in prisons as other prisoners.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 13 July 2017

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

HMP Edinburgh is Scotland’s second largest prison and houses a complex mix of population groups. Ensuring six different population groups are kept safe does, at times, have an impact on the range of activities and experiences offered to prisoners.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is undertaking a review of the prison population to determine its future approach to Population Management in Scotland which will support the management of all prisoners, including those held on protection.