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Exerpts for David Hanson
Tuesday 23 April 2019

(9 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Ministry of Justice
Rory Stewart Hansard
23 Apr 2019, 3:30 p.m.

The big change that has been introduced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is to ensure that education in prison is linked to employment. This involves talking to the local job market, ensuring that we provide the skills that match that market and, above all, ensuring that we have safe, decent prisons so that we can remove the prisoners from their cells and into work and education so that we can get them into jobs. That reduces reoffending by an average of 7%.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Hansard

T8. How are we getting on with securing the 26 prisoner transfer agreements that are currently in place with the European Union to ensure that they are in place at the end of this year? [910451]

Rory Stewart Hansard
23 Apr 2019, 3:30 p.m.

I am delighted that Labour Members are working with us to try to get a good Brexit deal in place, and if we can get such a deal, we will be able to continue through the transition period. In a no-deal situation, however, it will become significantly more difficult because we will have to fall back on older and more cumbersome ways of moving prisoners. That would not be good for us or for Europe.