Higher Education: Prisoners

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many prisoners are participating in (a) distance learning provisions and (b) distance learning provisions provided by the Open university.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Skills)

The number of prisoners participating in distance learning provided by the Open university changes from day to day as prisoners start and complete part-time courses of study. On Thursday 20 March 2008, figures from the Open university show that 935 prisoners were studying Open university courses through distance learning. In 2007 a total of 1,372 prisoners undertook one or more Open university courses.

Figures are not collected centrally on the number of prisoners where distance learning other than through the Open university is assessed as the most appropriate means of meeting their learning need.

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