SIR NICHOLAS SOAMES’S QUESTION ON SUPPORTING THE WORK OF PRISON OFFICERS

9th October 2018

Sir Nicholas’s Question to the Secretary of State for Justice in support of the vital work of Prison Officers

House of Commons

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) (Con)

Will my right hon. Friend pay tribute to the prison officers in both public and private prisons who, by and large, do an exceptional job in very, very difficult circumstances? Does he agree that we should on every occasion do what we can to encourage them and raise their status as an important part of the whole process of judicial sentencing?

My right hon. Friend is right to make that point, and I happily pay tribute to the work that prison officers do in this country—a point that I made in my party conference speech in Birmingham last week. The work that they do in protecting the public and rehabilitating prisoners should be valued by us all. It is not often very public, because it is, by definition, behind locked doors, but they do excellent work and we should recognise that.

Hansard
Vol 647
No 185