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Prisons: Arts

Justice written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future funding of the Writers in Prison network; and if he will make a statement.

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

The Writers in Prison network have a full year of Arts Council regular funding remaining and the Arts Council will be working with them during that time to explore how they can sustain their work in the future.

In addition the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) have awarded the Writers in Prison network a grant of £80,000 for the current financial year. It will be possible for them to apply for a grant in subsequent years. Officials in NOMS have ongoing contact with the Writers in Prison network to ensure that they are aware of any grant and contract opportunities relevant to the services they deliver.

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