Prisons

Home Department written question – answered on 1st May 2002.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) prisoners and (b) re-offending prisoners in UK prisons were excluded from school while of school age.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

A 1998 survey found that around half of all male prisoners and a third of female prisoners had been excluded from school. A more recent survey carried out in a sample of young offender institutions between September 2001 and February 2002 found that 84 per cent. of respondents have been excluded from school. Neither survey distinguishes between prisoners in custody for a first or repeat offence.

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