§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make available the survey of prisoners' pre-release training in social skills made last year; what plans he has to extend the successful pre-release courses at Ashwell and Ranby prisons; and whether he will ensure that neither staff nor inmates suffer a financial disincentive to participating in such courses.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The survey of selected local training schemes was conducted to facilitate a general review of experience in social skills training that will be completed later this year, and was not in a form suitable for publication. At this stage no statement can be made about possible extension of present arrangements. The factors making for staff and inmate interest in such training are being studied as part of the review.