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Prisoners: Employment

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what partnerships each prison developed with external companies to provide (a) training and (b) work for prisoners in each of the last five years. (227122)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has a significant number of relationships, including partnerships and commercial contracts, with private, public and voluntary sector organisations aimed at providing training and work for prisoners. Governors have for some time been encouraged to develop a range of local initiatives in this area. NOMS has just begun a process of mapping these activities. I will write to the hon. Member when the exercise is complete.