Jenny Chapman MP

JENNY CHAPMAN

Deaths in custody

Jenny asked Justice Minister Michael Gove about deaths in custody during his Commons statement on abuse at the Medway Secure Training Centre, exposed by the BBC's Panorama.

She said: "In the light of what we have found out from the BBC, will the Secretary of State look again at the Harris report into deaths in custody, because the original response from the Government was lamentable? Will he look again at the 30 or more recommendations that were rejected, as some of them could be implemented tomorrow and would save an awful lot of the problems that he is now having to confront?

Mr Gove replied: "I am grateful to Lord Harris for his report, and we accepted more than half of his recommendations. I know that he will appear before the Justice Committee tomorrow, and there will be an opportunity for him to reflect on where we might have gone further. I will look with care and attention at the evidence he gives."

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