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Education: Prisons

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of the hours of education provided in prisons in 2005-06 were in a structured classroom setting. (196636)

The information requested in not collected centrally. Proposals for developing offender learning delivery arrangements were published in September 2007 in “Developing the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service: The Prospectus”. The Prospectus described an intention to expand the provision of learning in prison settings outside a traditional classroom environment. In particular, the Prospectus outlined an intention to deliver more learning in production workshops, prison industries and other regime activities such as catering and horticulture where, although learning is not the primary purpose of the activity, it is possible to acquire and put into practise new skills.