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Prisoners: Growing Food

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration HM Prison Service is giving to allowing prisoners to produce food on open spaces within prison grounds. [HL235]

Various land-based activities operate in public sector prisons providing employment places for up to 2,000 prisoners at any one time. This work provides opportunities for them to learn new skills and achieve sector-related qualifications valued by prospective employers.

Market and amenity gardening takes place in more than 100 public prisons. Where it is possible and/or appropriate to do so, food production takes place in more than 70 prisons under both protective cropping and in open conditions.