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Prisons: Boxing

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what advice his Department issues on the provision of boxing in prisons and young offenders' institutions.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS), which is responsible for PE policy in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales has issued a Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 58/2011 Physical Education for Prisoners which sets out a number of requirements prisons must follow. The PSI states that establishments must not deliver any supervision, training or instruction to prisoners in combat sports such as boxing, boxercise, martial arts or any similar activity.

NOMS is aware however of the importance that physical education (PE) can make on the overall health and welfare of all prisoners especially young offenders and the role sport can play in supporting self-discipline programmes and is currently supporting a request to examine the benefits of a controlled non-contact boxing programme at HMP YOI Doncaster. The evaluation has just begun and is currently at its programme commissioning stage.

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