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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

It is a very serious problem. As my right hon. and learned Friend has pointed out, almost half the prisoners have a reading age of under 11. Perhaps 25% of prisoners have a reading age of six. There is an enormous amount that we can do and that is where the education and employment strategy comes in, which is about making sure that the education is relevant and leads to a job.