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Prison parties

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that it was right for prisoners to have parties, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that No10 had instructed the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to make it very clear that there would be no prison parties.

The PMS said that she understood MOJ guidance to prison governors did not give carte-blanche to parties, but the Government wished to make it clear that no such events would take place.

Asked how No10 sent the instruction to MOJ, the PMS replied that there was a conversation between officials, but the Prime Minister was aware of the situation. Asked when the conversation took place, the PMS said in the past 24 hours.

When asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in Crispin Blunt, the PMS said that he did. The important point here was that policy was discussed in the round before announcements were made.

Put that instructions were issued by No10 after the speech and did that mean some elements of the speech came as a surprise, the PMS replied that policy needed to be done by collective agreement. The PMS said that prison was a place of punishment but also there needed to be rehabilitation. Prison governors needed to use their best judgement on how that was done.

The guidance that the MOJ was providing to governors gave some latitude, meaning that there was not a complete ban on certain activities, but clearly this needed to be within certain parameters.

Asked about Indeterminate Prison Policy (IPP), the PMS replied that there was no collective agreement on whether to change IPP, so there was no change in policy agreed.

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