Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (535)

Jonathan O'Brien


547 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will establish an office of a prisoner’s ombudsman. [34838/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

One of the obligations imposed by the Prisons (Visiting Committee) Act 1925 on such committees is to hear any complaints which may be made to them by a prisoner. I intend in due course in legislation to provide for a link between Visiting Committees and the Inspector of Prisons. I have also decided that a new complaints procedure should be introduced under the oversight of the Inspector of Prisons.

In the circumstances I am not convinced that there is any added value in establishing a prisoner's ombudsman and have no plans to establish such an office.