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Employment Facilities

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 8 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities exist in all prisons for useful employment of prisoners' time.

In every prison the prisoners, if medically fit, are given useful work in the prison workshops or about the prison and grounds or outside. Both the working week and the nature of the work provided vary greatly from one prison to another. Programmes of evening educational classes are arranged, and reasonable facilities are afforded to prisoners who wish to undertake correspondence courses or private study or to practise handicrafts. It is impossible to deal adequately with this subject within the compass of a parliamentary answer, and I shall be glad to give the hon. Member detailed information on any particular aspect of it in which he is interested.