Tom Blenkinsop – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Tom Blenkinsop on 2014-03-26.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of books to prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

Jeremy Wright

There have been no changes in the availability of books in prisons Every prison has a library, to which every prisoner has access. Up to 12 books may be held by prisoners in their cell at any one time and additional volumes may be stored locally at the prison.

The National Offender Management Service works closely with schemes such as the Shannon Trust Reading Network,which includes peer mentoring.