Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 19 December on the serious disturbance at HMP Birmingham.
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Richard Burgon, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published a briefing paper on Safety in prisons in England and Wales which contains more information.
About Oral statements
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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