Prisons: Education

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd 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, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 273816 on Prisons: Education, what the value by lot is of Dynamic Purchasing System contracts awarded to date.

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

The 17 Lots in the Prison Education Framework (PEF) have awarded the following cumulative values of contracts under the Prison Education Dynamic Purchasing System (PEDPS) as at 19/07/2019.

  • Lot 01 - Avon & South Dorset - £519,011.08
  • Lot 02 - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Norfolk - £429,911.68
  • Lot 03 - Cumbria & Lancashire - £334,311.67
  • Lot 04 - Devon & North Dorset – No contracts awarded currently
  • Lot 05 - East Midlands & Morton Hall - £291,421.86
  • Lot 06 - Gt Manchester, Merseyside & Cheshire - £786,416.84
  • Lot 07 - Hertfordshire, Essex & Suffolk - £ 543,250.00
  • Lot 08 - Kent, Surrey & Sussex - £1,625,170.20
  • Lot 09 – London - £19,100.00
  • Lot 10 - Long Term High Security North - £311,744.91
  • Lot 11 - Long Term High Security South - £242,380.99
  • Lot 12 - North Midlands - £6,840.00
  • Lot 13 - South Central - £311,959.91
  • Lot 14 - Tees & Wear - £1,322,253.00
  • Lot 15 - West Midlands - £76,315.00
  • Lot 16 - Women’s Estate North - £203,702.00
  • Lot 17 – Yorkshire - £630,991.15

We have overhauled the prison education system and implemented a new Prison Education Framework. Under the new system, governors control their budget, including the power to choose providers and deliver learning that will best support their prisoners.

Our Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), an innovation that brings in bespoke and short-term provision, is already proving popular, with over 230 providers signed up and over 20 contracts already awarded by governors.

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