On Tuesday 25 April, I asked the Secretary of State for Justice what she was doing to support the hard work undertaken by the dedicated staff at HMP Bristol. I recently met with staff at the prison, and whilst the team were incredibly hardworking and committed to their jobs, it is clear that the Government must do more to support our prison staff and create a safe environment for both staff and inmates.

Thangam Debbonaire

The dedicated governor and staff at HMP Bristol do a brilliant job, but right now they are struggling with inadequate staffing ratios, prisoner use of the dangerous drug Spice, and poorly delivered privatised maintenance contracts. When will the Government give the prison in my constituency the tools it needs to do the job?

Elizabeth Truss

I can tell the hon. Lady that when I visited HMP Bristol I found some fantastically dedicated prison officers who are doing excellent work. We are investing £100 million to recruit 2,500 officers across the country, and we are on track with that recruitment.

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