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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 23rd April 2019.

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Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Having also recently visited Downview, I know what the right hon. Gentleman is talking about, and I fully agree that restorative justice and the work of charities such as the Sycamore Tree project can have a vital role to play in making our prisons safer and more rehabilitative. Restorative approaches are already used across the youth estate and, as the right hon. Gentleman highlighted, in a number of other prisons. They have real benefits, in terms of both defusing conflict and repairing harm after an incident in prison.