Prisons: Education

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government which prisons and young offenders institutions have cancelled educational activities as a result of staff shortages on any day in the last three months; and what was the number of days in each instance.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. A key priority for HMPPS is to make our prisons safe so that they can provide the maximum time out of cell for meaningful and purposeful activity to give prisoners the education, training, skills and work experience to enable them to obtain employment on release to their home areas. The new consistent core day models optimise the time available to provide appropriate regimes and to staff them efficiently.

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