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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

I could not agree more. One of the best ways to prevent reoffending and therefore protect the public is to help people into employment. Ex-prisoners can be some of the most loyal and hard-working employees one can find. We encourage all employers to take a realistic, pragmatic approach. Many convictions are absolutely irrelevant to the work that the person is doing or to public protection. The best way to protect the public is to provide a job.