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Education: Prisons

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding his Department allocated for (a) library services and (b) other education services in prisons in each of the last five years. (257632)

The total budget for offender skills and employment, including allocations for prison libraries and heads of Learning and Skills and funds passed to the Youth Justice Board for education in young offender institutions, is provided in the following table. The table also shows the total spend on prison libraries (including young offender institutions) as a subset of the total budget for each year.

£ million

Total budget

Library budget

2003-04

116

3.3

2004-05

116

3.6

2005-06

141

4.9

2006-07

146

5.7

2007-08

156

7.0