§ Mr. Blair
To ask the Secretary of Slate for Employment, further to the answer to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) of 15 May,Official Report, column 375, on training for ex-offenders, whether a report will be produced by his Department presenting the findings of the examination referred to; and whether he intends to consult relevant outside bodies during the course of the examination.
§ Mr. Nicholls
There are frequent contacts and discussions between the Training Agency, Home Office, probation services and voluntary bodies such as NACRO and Apex Trust about training and enterprise provision for ex-offenders. The recent White Paper on punishment in the community is included in those discussions. My Department does not publish reports on such on-going contacts.