HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 cc254-5W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prison induction booklets that are in a foreign language in prisons in England and Wales; and what those languages are. [111935]

Mr. Boateng

The prison induction booklets available in foreign languages and issued centrally are: the prisoners' information book for life sentenced prisoners; the prisoners' information book for male prisoners and young offenders; the prisoners' information book for women prisoners and female young offenders; and the prisoners' information book about visiting and keeping in touch.

These provide information on prison life relevant to all prisoners and have been translated into the following 20 languages: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Welsh, Turkish, Greek, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bengali, Gujerati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Copies are being sent to prison libraries.

The foreign prisoners' resource pack has been produced in the following 12 languages: English, Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Gujerati, Hindi, Italian, Spanish and Urdu.

Other foreign language induction material may also have been produced locally by establishments or by other agencies. Details of these are not held centrally.