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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-02more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Prisons: Visits more like this
house id 1 more like this
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of closed-contact visits in prisons to prevent smuggling. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 187326 more like this
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
answer text <p>Visits play an important part of reducing reoffending as good relationships with family and friends is proved to reduce risk of reoffending.</p><p>The management and guidance for the use of closed visits is within Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 15/2011. The PSI specifies that closed visits should be imposed where there is an identified risk of smuggling prohibited items.</p><p>We recognise the benefits that Internet Based Video Services (IBVS) can provide in assisting prisoners with maintaining family ties. At present, however, prisoners are not allowed to use an IBVS as a way of communicating, due to operational concerns about the control measures available to safeguard the use of such communications. Work is currently underway to explore the options for the use of IBVS in establishments with strict safeguards in place, and the possibility of making greater use of such within prisons in the near future.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Penrith and The Border remove filter
answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
grouped question UIN 187327 remove filter
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less than 2018-11-12T17:14:17.617Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T17:14:17.617Z
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label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter