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Prisoners: Learning Disability

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) special programmes and (b) specific education provision his Department provides for prisoners with learning disabilities. (206377)

I have been asked to reply.

The terms ‘learning disability’ and ‘learning difficulty’ are most usually used to refer to mental health and education issues respectively. As the question refers specifically to ‘education provision’, my response sets out what we do to meet the needs of prisoners with learning difficulties.

There are no special programmes or education provision in place for prisoners with learning difficulties specifically. Instead, as part of the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service, education providers are obliged to assess for and meet the additional learning support needs of offenders with learning difficulties who are engaged in learning and skills programmes available to the prison population more generally.