Prisoners 'should work 40 hours' a week says Ken Clarke
5 October 2010 Last updated at 12:37 BST
Prisoners in England and Wales should work a 40-hour week, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is expected to say in his Tory conference speech.
Mr Clarke is set to make the announcement to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday.
He will say the government will begin a major expansion of prison industries to get more inmates working.
Prisoners would be paid the minimum wage, with part of their earnings going towards victims.
Andy Tighe reports.