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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.

This week

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

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, as the deadline for written submissions has passed:

Prison population 2022: planning for the future: Read the terms of reference

Guidance: written submissions

Future business

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

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