I am pleased to have presented a Bill to the House of Commons that will seek to prohibit the sale of miniature mobile phones. The title of the Bill being; Miniature Mobile Phones (Prohibition of Sale): a bill to prohibit the sale of miniature mobiles phones; and for connected purposes.
The mobile phones in question are widely available online and are designed to be smuggled into prisons. Following conversations with HMP Berwyn, as well as other prisons across the UK and the Ministry of Justice, it has become clear that these mobile phones are causing extreme problems within prisons.
The issues within prisons that these phones contribute to include:
- Worsening prison discipline, making it harder to provide a secure environment.
- The development and entrenchment of illicit prison economies, with the mobile phones acting as a key facilitator of drug dealing and use.
- The continuation of serious organised crimes and businesses from within the prison.
Whilst previous Justice Secretary's have commented on the issues these phones pose, so far their prohibition of sale has not been brought into law. As such, I hope this Bill will be successful and I look forward to supporting it through Parliament.
The second reading for the Bill will be on Friday 10th September 2021, during which the Bill will be debated by all Members of the House of Commons.
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