Prisons: Education and Employment

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Imran Hussain Imran Hussain Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on education and employment services in prisons in each year from 2010.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Responsibility for prison education in England transferred from the Department for Education to the Ministry of Justice in November 2016. We can therefore only supply financial information for offender learning from that point onwards. Offender learning includes education focussed on supporting offenders into employment, including activities such as CV and interview training.

The information below is taken from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service’s annual accounts.

Offender learning spend:

2015/16 - £145,682m

2016/17 - £146,682m

2017/18 - £158,274m

We must ensure that offenders leave prison with the basic skills that are essential to entering the workplace and with the skills employers need. That is why we have put governors in full control of the education provided in their prisons so that they can tailor it, both to their specific populations and for the local jobs market.

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