Early day motion 1263

BOOKS FOR PRISONERS

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Total number of signatures: 38

Blomfield, Paul Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin
Clark, Katy Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David Crockart, Mike
Dobbin, Jim Dodds, Nigel Durkan, Mark Edwards, Jonathan
Flynn, Paul Francis, Hywel Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger
Hancock, Mike Hemming, John Hermon, Lady Jackson, Glenda
Leech, John Llwyd, Elfyn Long, Naomi Lucas, Caroline
McCrea, Dr William McDonnell, Alasdair McDonnell, John McGovern, Jim
Meale, Alan Mearns, Ian Qureshi, Yasmin Ritchie, Margaret
Russell, Bob Sanders, Adrian Shannon, Jim Stunell, Andrew
Swales, Ian Thornton, Mike

That this House is deeply concerned by the ban on all prisoners receiving books as gifts under the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme which will have a detrimental effect on prisoner rehabilitation; notes that the ban has been opposed by eminent writers including Mark Haddon, Philip Pullman and Carol Ann Duffy; further notes that to deny prisoners the books they need in order to improve their skills and support their learning is both unreasonable and counter-productive given that reading goes hand-in-hand with education, rehabilitation and humanity; and urges the Government to reverse the ban as soon as possible by exempting books from the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme.