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Prisons (Education Facilities)

Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates of Her Majesty's prisons in England undertook Open University study during 1984; and how many of those inmates were moved during their course of study to a prison or unit where Open University study facilities were not available.

One hundred and sixty-one inmates in prison department establishments in England and Wales undertook Open University study in 1984. The number who were moved to another establishment or unit during their course of study is not recorded centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will list the prisons in England which (a) can provide facilities for inmates to undertake Open University courses and (b) cannot provide such facilities: and if he will make a statement.

The information in respect of adult prisons in England and Wales is as follows:

(a) Establishments currently designated for Open University study:
AcklingtonKingston/Portsmouth
AlbanyKirkham
AshwellLewes
Askham GrangeLayhill
BlundestonLiverpool
BristolLong Lartin
Cookham WoodMaidstone
DartmoorNottingham
DurhamParkhurst
FeatherstoneStyal
FordSudbury
FranklandSwansea
GartreeThe Verne
Gredon/SpringhillWakefield
HollowayWormwood Scrubs
Hull
(b) Establishments not currently designated for Open University study:
BedfordLincoln
BirminghamManchester
BrixtonNortheye
Camp HillNorwich
CanterburyOxford
CardiffPentonville
Channings WoodPreston
ColdingleyRanby
DorchesterReading
Drake HallRudgate
East Sutton ParkShepton Mallet
ExeterShrewsbury
GloucesterStafford
HaveriggStanford Hill
HighpointWandsworth
LancasterWayland
LeedsWinchester
LeicesterWymott
The list of establishments designated for Open University study is agreed with the university authorities and is kept under review. At the beginning of this calendar year six establishments — Acklington, Ashwell, Blundeston, Frankland, Grendon/Spring Hill and Kirkham—were included in the list for the first time. In addition to the adult establishments listed above, Open University study is available at Aylesbury youth custody centre.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will list for each prison in England (a) the average potential number of attendances in the education unit and (b) the average actual number of attendances in the education unit for (i) 1984 and (ii) the first quarter of 1985.

This information is not recorded in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The total number of student hours in respect of day and evening classes in all prison department establishments in England and Wales for the academic year 1983–84 was 4,886,948.