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Prisons and Courts Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:32 pm on 20th March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire 8:32 pm, 20th March 2017

I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. I have met Jim Davidson on a number of occasions, and I thoroughly commend the work of Care after Combat throughout the Prison Service.

Family work, which brings prisoners face to face with their enduring responsibilities to their families who are left in the community, is indispensable to the rehabilitation culture that we urgently need to develop in our penal system. I welcome the commitment by the Ministry of Justice to measuring the quality of prisoners’ relationships. At a very practical level, we know that enduring family relationships lead to many prisoners being able to access on release family accommodation that would be unavailable to them if those relationships had broken down.