Employment of People with Criminal Convictions - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 26 February 2024.

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Photo of The Bishop of Gloucester The Bishop of Gloucester Bishop 3:08, 26 February 2024

My Lords, from these Benches I add our own sadness at the death of Lord Cormack. His contributions to this House and to the Church will be sorely missed.

As has been said, there has been a serious decline in rehabilitation and release planning services in recent years. Prisoners need to be engaged with purposeful work; there needs to be planning ahead of their release—including release on temporary licence—to secure employment, if we are to prevent reoffending. What steps are the Government taking to increase release on temporary licence?