To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on prisons.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
6 February 2019
In common with all Government Departments, the Ministry of Justice has considered what impacts there might be on its institutions of leaving the EU without a deal, including on prisons.
Preparations are underway to ensure we are ready for this scenario. This includes working closely with the Department of Health to make sure that the supply of health products to prisoners is not disrupted; ensuring that our food and retail contracts have alternative arrangements in case of disruption through ports; and co-operating with other Government Departments to prepare for contingencies such as potential traffic disruption in the South East.
Delivering a revised deal negotiated with the EU remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. The Government is accelerating no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality. It is the responsible thing to do. As part of cross-Whitehall preparations for a no deal scenario, all Government Departments are considering what resources are required to mitigate any potential impacts and to ensure that businesses and citizens are sufficiently prepared for all eventualities of Brexit.