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The Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 2011

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Visits by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman or Officers on their behalf

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72.—(1) The following persons may, for the purpose of discharging their public duties, visit a prisoner at any reasonable time with that prisoner’s consent—

(a)the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration or any person authorised to act on his or her behalf; and

(b)the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, or any person authorised to act on his or her behalf.

(2) A visit to a prisoner by any of the persons mentioned in paragraph (1), may only take place in such area of the prison and under such conditions as the Governor may specify except that such a visit must take place—

(a)within the sight of an officer; and

(b)outwith the hearing of any officer unless the visitor requests otherwise or the Governor requires otherwise for reasons of security.

(3) The persons mentioned in paragraph (1), may, with the prisoner’s consent, use sound recording equipment to record any interview held with the prisoner.

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