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Education: Prisoners

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills for how many hours a day on average a prisoner received education and training in the latest period for which figures are available. (192853)

The information in the format requested is not collected centrally.

Since the introduction of the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) planned and funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), education providers are required to deliver the service set out in the ‘Offenders Learning Journey’ which specifies the minimum standards for education and vocational training for offenders. Data from August 2006 to July 2007 show that the OLASS contractors delivered 2,021,654 hours of 2,070,804 contracted hours, achieving 98 per cent. performance against the contract.