Rehabilitating Prisoners: Role of Sport

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 4th June 2019.

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Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray

I refer to the House to my declaration of interest. The twinning project led by David Dein aims to take football into prisons to improve behaviour and reduce reoffending, and the Football Association referees department is now hoping to run referee courses alongside that, with Lancaster Farms Prison the first to offer the course. I know that the skills referees gain go far beyond officiating at match. Does the Minister agree that that element and the twinning project could have a very positive impact on the prisoners they work with, and will he encourage more prisons to get involved?