Labour's David Taylor (Leicestershire NW) said there was a "rather Dickensian feel" to the list of activities regarded as "purposeful activity
" - citing things like scrubbing floors and cleaning toilets.
"Lack of purposeful activity
during the day for all young offenders is a major concern.
Justice Minister Edward Argar said, Secure Schools are critical to our vision for youth custody placing education, healthcare and purposeful activity
at the heart of rehabilitation.
A Prison Service spokesman said: "Prisoners who take part in work, education, or offending behaviour programmes receive a minimal amount but only if they participate in purposeful activity
Any failure to get them up to fourstar standard by 2014/15 would require an explanation to the committee, it said, including improvements in the amount of "good-quality purposeful activity
" being provided.
"It recognises the hard work of our staff and the way prisoners are encouraged to build better habits and behaviour through routine, structure and purposeful activity
It signals the full time return of a once again thriving and vibrant sports club, based just a mile from the city centre, which provides exciting and energetic purposeful activity
to scores of local youngsters."
Outcomes for young adults at Stoke Heath were not sufficiently good in any of our four key areas: safety, respect, purposeful activity
is what occupational therapy is all about and with this scheme the patients are learning basic repair skills, money handling and book keeping to run the business side of it."
Phil Wheatley, chief executive of the National Offender Management Service, said: ""The prison is working to increase the amount of purposeful activity
available for prisoners and a fourth workshop is scheduled to open this summer."
That is evident in the fact that Liverpool has improved against all four of our tests - safety, respect, purposeful activity
The Birmingham Prospectus may give the impression of purposeful activity
, but there is little to distinguish it from the numerous previous policy documents gathering dust on council shelves.