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Prisoners: Dyslexia

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the results of the Government's investigation into early intervention programmes on prisoners suffering from dyslexia, as referred to by the former Prime Minister, Official Report, 23 May 2007, column 1270, on dyslexia and criminality, will be published; and if he will make a statement. (181507)

The identification of prisoners with dyslexia and the provision of additional support is an important theme in the Learning and Skills Council's recent publication, "Developing the Offender Learning and Skills Service: The Prospectus". The LSC publication incorporates the findings of the Prison Reform Trust research on learning disabilities, "No-one Knows", published last year. Appropriate assessments and the provision of additional support are an important part of increasing prisoners' employability on release which in turn is a key factor in reducing re-offending.