Justice Committee: weekly update

09 November 2018

At the end of sitting weeks the Justice Committee publishes a brief summary of its activities in the form of a weekly update.

This week

On Tuesday morning we met to question the Ministry of Justice on their 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts. We were briefed in private by officials from the National Audit Office.

We also met in private to discuss the future programme and agree correspondence for publication.  

We have announced a public meeting taking place next week as part of our inquiry on Prisons 2022.

Oral evidence

Ministry of Justice Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

From 10am on Tuesday, we heard from:

  • Richard Heaton CB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice; and 
  • Mike Driver, Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice.
We questioned witnesses on the financial health of the Ministry of Justice overall, and we asked about individual areas of policy and programmes.
You can read the transcript of the session here. You can watch the evidence session here.

This week we published

Inquiries with open calls for written evidence

You can still submit evidence to the Committee through its evidence portal for the following inquiry, but please contact the Committee secretariat first at, as the deadline for written submissions has passed:

Prison population 2022: planning for the future: Read the terms of reference

Future business 

In our next public meetings will take evidence as part of our inquiry Prison Population 2022: planning for the future. The meeting will place on Tuesday 13 November from 10am in Committee Room 15. 

We will hear from:

  • Helen Berresford, Nacro
  • Francesca Cooney, Prisoner Learning Alliance
  • Anne Fox, Clinks
  • Danny Hames, NHS Substance Misuse Providers Alliance
  • Simon Boddis, Executive Director, Prison Estate Transformation Programme, HM Prison and Probation Service
  • Phil Copple, Executive Director Prisons, HM Prison and Probation Service
  • Tom Read, Director of Digital Transformation, Ministry of Justice

To watch online, visit: 

If you wish to watch in person from the public gallery you can. The meeting will be in Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster. Please read this guidance on visiting Parliament

Further information

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