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.

Supporting Parliament

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.

We have been mentioned in Parliament on several previous occasions, read our references below:

On 30th April 2014, in a debate on prison education, Mark Pritchard MP and former prisons minister Jeremy Wright MP endorsed PET's work

On 15th January 2013, in a debate on training in prisons, Lord Beecham encouraged the government to read PET’s Brain Cells research report.

On 23rd October 2012, PET Patron Lord Ramsbotham, asked a parliamentary question about the new prison education contracts on behalf of PET.

On May 15 2012, research by the Prisoners Education Trust was mentioned in the House of Lords debate on the Queen's speech.

On 20th February 2012, Jeremy Corbyn MP asked a Parliamentary Question about working prisons on behalf of PET.

On 9th February 2012, Lord Ramsbotham tabled an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill on behalf of PET.

For further information about our work with parliament please telephone on 020 3752 5676 or email Katy Oglethorpe, Media, Communications & Alumni Manager.