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Education: Prisons

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many prisoners in British prisons obtained (a) level 2 qualifications, (b) level 3 qualifications, (c) level 4 qualifications and (d) a university degree during their stay in prison in each year since 1997. (155666)

The information requested was not collected centrally.

The introduction of the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) from 31 July 2006, means that data on individual offender achievement will increasingly become available for adults, young offenders and juveniles in custody, in England. Data in the format requested will be available from spring 2008 for the academic year 2006/07. Separate arrangements are made for Welsh and Scottish establishments.

Her Majesty’s Prison Service annual reports record the following basic skills achievements at level 2:

Financial year

Number

2001-02

16,133

2002-03

15,145

2003-04

13,338

2004-05

14,759

2005-06

12,381

Data from the Open University show the following awards to serving prisoners:

Open University

Academic year

Certificate awards

Diploma awards

Unclassified degree

Honours degree

Taught masters

Total

2001/02

14

8

5

11

2

40

2002/03

23

16

5

6

1

51

2003/04

52

11

4

6

0

73

2004/05

90

9

9

7

1

116

2005/06

94

23

11

11

1

140