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Prison Literacy

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the literacy rate is in prisons in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. (103757)

The information requested is not collected centrally. The most recent Home Office data (‘Prison Statistics for England and Wales 2002’) showed that 37 per cent. of prisoners had literacy levels below level 1.