Prisoners: Education

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 31 July 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prison education is provided under the dynamic purchasing system in each prison.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Under the new model for education delivery for prisons in England, which went live on 1 April 2019, prison managers are responsible for decision-making about their curriculum, how it is organised and who delivers it. The information requested is held by each prison individually and could only therefore be provided at disproportionate cost

The Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) enables Governors to commission innovative, specialist or one-off education provision for their establishment. The DPS is an electronic system used to purchase commonly used goods and services. Unlike traditional frameworks which are closed to new entrants for their duration the DPS allows suppliers to apply to join or decide to leave at any time during its term.

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