Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64327, what definition of sustainable employment her Department uses; and whether governors must adhere to a nationwide syllabus within which they have the scope to design a prisoner skills and qualifications regime.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Department is currently finalising its definition of sustained employment ahead of new employment measures to be introduced later this year.

Governors will be fully responsible for education provision in their prisons once existing contracts end, commissioning the education services they think are most appropriate. They will be able to decide how to structure their educational regime, while following a core common curriculum set nationally, which will focus on maths and English.

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