Stewart Jackson – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Stewart Jackson on 2014-06-25.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to encourage prisons in the (a) public and (b) private estate to enable offenders to take part in meaningful paid work and training; and if he will make a statement.

Jeremy Wright

We want to see more prisoners engaged in meaningful work and training and, since this Government came to power, the number of hours worked in public sector prisons workshops has risen from 10.6 million to 13.1 million, with a further 1.5 million hours delivered in private prisons.

We are committed to delivering still more, including through commercial contracts, and we expect prisoners to engage in purposeful activity if they want to earn their privileges.