Norwich Prison

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:50 pm on 5th February 2003.

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Photo of Lord Quirk Lord Quirk Crossbench 2:50 pm, 5th February 2003

My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. Granting a few bright spots, unlike the devastating and damning report on Ashfield published this day, is it not the case that the report on Norwich is largely a litany of failure to fulfil recommendations—urgent recommendations—made in 1968? Given the Prison Service's solemn commitment to rehabilitation, is it not deeply disturbing that such tiny numbers of prisoners are being given access to education and training?

Furthermore, is it not just plain shocking to read that this situation, and I quote from the report:

"was disguised by inaccurate statistics presented both to us", meaning the Inspectors,

"and to the Prison Service"?

What action is now being taken?