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Department: Ministry of Justice

Oral Answers to Questions

David Hanson Excerpts
Tuesday 9th October 2018

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Justice
Mr Gauke Parliament Live - Hansard
9 Oct 2018, 2:45 p.m.

We work across government on this matter and are considering a number of proposals across government, including with BEIS, on how we can encourage employers in this area, including on apprenticeships. Let me make a point I have made before: employers are increasingly looking at employing ex-offenders. We should all welcome that, and I would be supportive of any constructive steps to progress this.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Hansard
9 Oct 2018, 2:45 p.m.

The biggest employer in Britain today is the Secretary of State and other Ministers, through themselves in their Departments and through the suppliers that they use. What steps has he taken to improve employment opportunities for offenders within his remit?

Mr Gauke Hansard
9 Oct 2018, 2:46 p.m.

That is a good point. One thing we announced when I launched the education and employment strategy was the fact that the public sector—the civil service—was taking people on. We had a pilot in the north-west of England, which we are now extending to other parts of the United Kingdom. The Prison Service also takes on ex-offenders. The right hon. Gentleman is right to highlight this, and the public sector has a role to play in the area, too.