Valerie asks a question at Justice Questions

On Tuesday 14th June, I asked a question on the treatment of women in prisons at Justice questions.


Valerie Vaz MP: “One area of reform should be to stop pregnant women having to give birth in prison. I know that the Government are committed to that, but can we consider carrying out a pilot study so that women do not have to give birth in front of unnamed guards?”


Michael Gove MP: “The honourable Lady makes a vital point. We are looking at how female offenders are treated overall. One thing we need to do — I know that this is not a view universally held by all my honourable Friends on the Back Benches — is to think hard about how we can reduce the female population in prison, and treat women who are in custody more sensitively”