Justice Committee: weekly update
14 September 2018
At the end of sitting weeks the Justice Committee publishes a brief summary of its activities in the form of a weekly update.
On Tuesday morning we met in public to hold the third oral evidence session of our inquiry Prison Population 2022: planning for the future.
We heard from:
- Mark Fairhurst, National Chair, POA (The Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers);
- Nick Pascoe, Vice-Chair, Prison Governors Association; and
- Julia Rogers, Managing Director Justice and Immigration, Serco.
We discussed the current and future pressures on the prison system, including:
- the impact of prison population growth on running prisons in the context of restricted finances;
- how prisons seek to respond to and rehabilitate the current prison population, including particular groups of prisoners or those with particular needs;
- how Government and prisons can accommodate changes in the prison population;
- the current and future position on plans to maintain and modernise the prison estate; and
- recruitment, pay and training of prison officers and leaders.
You can re-watch the evidence session on parliament TV and we have also published a transcript of the session on our website.
We also met in private to discuss the Committee's future work and to agree correspondence and publications.
This week we published
- Letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions, related to the Crown Prosecution Service Consultation on the Code for Crown Prosecutors, dated 23 July 2018
- Letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, related to the Crown Prosecution Service Consultation on the Code for Crown Prosecutors, dated 5 September 2018
- Letter to Minister of State for Justice, regarding the Urgent Notification at HMP Birmingham, dated 11 September 2018
- Letter to the Judicial Appointments Commission, regarding Judicial Appointments, dated 12 February 2018
- Letter from the Judicial Appointments Commission, regarding Judicial Appointments, dated 23 March 2018
Inquiries with open calls for written evidence
You can still submit evidence to the Committee through its evidence portal for the following inquiry, but please contact the Committee secretariat first at firstname.lastname@example.org, as the deadline for written submissions has passed:
Conference recess lasts until 9 October, and so we will meet again after that. Details will be announced nearer the time on our webpage and twitter feed @commonsjustice