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Prisons: Television

Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason (a) television and (b) satellite television subscription services are provided to inmates in prison and detention facilities; and if he will make a statement. (125283)

The provision of television in prison, along with other forms of media, enables prisoners to remain in touch with events in the outside world which forms an important part of the rehabilitation process.

Television in cells is an integral part of the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme operated by all prisons. Prisoners who are on the basic level of the scheme do not have access to televisions. A small number of prisons provide satellite subscription services in association area.