Date lodged: 5 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many visits to prisons in Scotland Abellio ScotRail officials have made since 1 June 2016, in line with its commitment under Schedule 1.6, Part 1, reference 24.18 of the franchise agreement to train prisoners from Scotland.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 June 2017
For year 2016-2017 ScotRail completed the required visits to identify newly released ex-offenders who would be suitable for work placement, and who would be willing to undertake it. For year 2017-2018, two visits have been completed at Corton Vale prison, including recruitment and selection workshops. Risk assessment meetings were held by ScotRail on 26 May 2017 at Greenock Prison, and on 31 May at Corton Vale Prison.