§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to reintroduce staff inspection to Scottish prisons; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The Scottish prison service operational manpower unit will begin a staff inspection on the residential and operations functional areas of Edinburgh prison on 6 March. Similar staff inspections at Perth, Glonochil and Shotts prisons are planned during the coming year. The programme of inspections was suspended during the introduction of the fresh start restructuring exercise.