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Written Question
Prison and Probation Service: Sports
Tuesday 13th December 2022

Asked by: Baroness Sater (Conservative - Life peer)

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service to publish their Sports Strategy.

Answered by Lord Bellamy - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) recognise the power of sport to help change lives and make communities safer. We work in partnership with a range of sports organisations to develop and provide access to initiatives that allow people on probation and those in and leaving prison to be able to get and stay well as part of helping to turn their lives around. For example, we have introduced Park Runs in prisons and developed our innovative partnership with the Twinning Project which matches prisons and probation areas with Football foundations.

The Government’s Sports Strategy is in the process of being refreshed, led by DCMS, and will set the long-term strategic policy direction for sport in the UK. The refreshed strategy is expected to be published in 2023 and HMPPS will develop and publish how we will support the delivery of this strategy for people in prison and on probation. We will confirm the timescale for this following publication of the Government’s Sport Strategy.