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Prisoners: Diets

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will eliminate fast and convenience foods from the diets of those in custody in (a) prisons and (b) young offenders' institutions; and if he will provide supplements aimed at improving behaviour, concentration and health into such diets. (176077)

The 2006 National Audit Office report HM Prison Service Serving Time: Prisoner Diet and Exercise noted that on the whole food offered to prisoners is in line with the Government's recommendations on healthy eating. Research into the effect on behaviour of nutritional supplements is planned to take place in two young offender institutions.