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Prisoner Literacy

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

19. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to improve the literacy of prisoners. (127810)

As part of the cross-Government plan to reduce re-offending, the strategy for improving skills outcomes for offenders was set out in the Green Paper ‘Reducing Re-Offending Through Skills and Employment’. This followed and builds on the work of the Learning and Skills Council in rolling out its new Offender Learning and Skills Service nationally from July 2006. The plans outlined in the Green Paper are being taken forward in ‘Reducing Re-offending Through Skills and Employment: Next Steps’, published in December 2006 which furthers the focus on developing offender skills resulting in more obtaining sustainable employment.