Working with Parliament
Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) can offer parliamentarians expert information and evidence to help them understand how supporting prisoners through education benefits individuals and makes our society safer. Our work reduces reoffending, crime which costs up to £13billion per year and also results in fewer victims. PET’s policy team is available to respond to requests for information from MPs and peers, speak at All Party Parliamentary Group (APPGs) meetings and offer evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee inquiries.
As part of our work with parliament over the past years PET has offered expert briefings and evidence to both houses in the scrutiny of the Criminal Justice and the Courts Bill. During the Commons second sitting, 11 March 2014, PET's Head of Policy, Nina Champion, was invited to speak about the impact of Secure Colleges. Read the minutes and for more PET analysis on the implications of the bill for young people read our 'Transforming Youth Justice 2013' consultation and briefing on the bill policy responses. During the Lords' Committee stage of the bill, PET briefed Lord Hodgson who tabled an amendment about education provision for young people on 21 July 2014.
PET also works with parliamentary select committees, by submitting policy responses and giving evidence to inquiries.
- On 8 September, PET's recommendations were referenced in a Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on Adult Literacy and Numeracy
- On 10 June 2014 PET's joint response with the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) was referred to in the Justice Committee's report Crime Reduction Policies - a co-ordinated approach?
- PET also gave evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on 18 March in its inquiry to Adult Literacy and Numeracy and put forward many of the recommendations from the PLA's Smart Rehabilitation report. View filming or read the minutes from the session.
- PET's recommendations for older people were included in the Justice Committee's report on Older Prisoners published 12 September 2013.
We have been mentioned in Parliament on several previous occasions, read our references below:
For further information about our work with parliament please telephone on 020 3752 5676 or email Katy Oglethorpe, Media, Communications & Alumni Manager.