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Prisoners: Education

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners gained (a) GCSEs, (b) A-levels, (c) NVQs and (d) other qualifications while in custody in each of the last five years. (228962)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the then Minister of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Bill Rammell) to my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) on 31 March 2008, Official Report, columns 595-98W, for a detailed breakdown of qualifications achieved by prisoners over the age of 18. Information on qualifications achieved by prisoners under the age of 18, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Children, Young People and Families (Beverley Hughes) on 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 362W, to the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr. Burrowes).