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Prisons: Restraint Techniques

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 11807, tabled on 1 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will provide details of the members of use of force committees in each prison, broken down by ethnicity.

Answered on

13 June 2022

HMPPS has accepted recommendation 25 of the Lammy Review, which states prison governors should ensure Use of Force Committees are not ethnically homogeneous and involve at least one individual, such as a member of the prison’s Independent Monitoring Board, with an explicit remit to consider the interests of prisoners.

A Use of Force Good Practice Guide has been produced and issued to all governors, reiterating this recommendation from the Lammy Review. Whilst this information is not collected centrally, all governors have been written to by the Director of Security Order and Counter Terrorism, restating the expectation that Use of Force Committees should be ethnically diverse and should have a member whose remit is to consider the interests of prisoners.