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Prisons: Employment

Justice written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Labour, Kingston upon Hull East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which private employers provide prisoners with work in prisons.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

There are a number of private sector organisations that currently support work in prisons and the Government are currently considering how best to work with the private and voluntary sectors to provide further work and training opportunities for prisoners, including an increased number of employer led workshops in prisons.

A list of 'contract services' customers(1) (including many from the private sector) is available on the HM Prison Service website via the following link:

http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/abouttheservice/prisonindustries/ (2)

A number of other organisations from the private sector, including Timpson's, Travis Perkins, National Grid, Cisco Systems, Speedy Hire plc and DHL/Booker, work in partnership with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to provide prison training workshops offering training to prisoners and the chance of employment on release.

There are many examples of successful partnerships across NOMS, whether employers are recruiting offenders directly from prison, running a prison workshop, providing work placements or helping shape policy and practice.

(1) Where organisations use prison facilities and prisoner labour to carry out services or manufacture/assemble goods under contract.

(2) Refer to 'Related Documents' at the end of the website page.

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