§ Mr. Paul Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of hospital officers in prison health care facilities. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The role and responsibility of health care officers were considered in a report on 'Nursing in Prisons', and published in October 2000. It is available at: www.doh.gov.uk/prisonhealth
As a result of the recommendations in that report, National Occupational Standards have been developed for custodial health care. They include clinical and custodial competencies, and apply to all health care staff including health care officers.