Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Keen of Elie during the 2017-2019 Parliament

Prisoners: Purposeful Activity

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Keen of Elie
Monday 15th October 2018

(5 years, 8 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Keen of Elie Portrait Lord Keen of Elie
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My Lords, the right reverend Prelate makes a very good point about the need for rehabilitation and for safety in prisons to be as effective as possible. In addition to the strategy that she mentioned, we have launched the education and employment strategy, which will create a system in which each prisoner is set on a path to employment from the outset. We hope that governors will be in a position to deliver that strategy by next April. I confirm that there are chaplaincy facilities in all our prisons, of course.

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D'Souza (CB)
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My Lords, there has been considerable success in introducing theatre of all kinds and acting in some prisons. How far do the Government support those efforts and how far are they prepared to finance them?

Lord Keen of Elie Portrait Lord Keen of Elie
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My Lords, I understand that the introduction of theatre is part of the wider educational programme in prisons. I am not able to say that there is any identified or closed funding for that aspect of the process.