§ Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to increase the facilities for prisoners to undertake outside employment while in prison with a view to assisting rehabilitation and offsetting the costs of the prison service by remuneration for these earnings.
§ Mr. Mayhew:
Prisoners are already so employed both from prisons and from pre-release employment scheme hostels whenever suitable opportunities occur. At a time of high unemployment however, there is little scope for increasing the numbers in either scheme.