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Prison Chaplaincy Service

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total cost of running the prison chaplaincy service at the latest convenient date; and how this compares with the figures for each of the previous three years at current prices.

I regret that detailed information on the specific costs of the prison chaplaincy is not available. The largest single element is the cost of chaplaincy salaries, which is currently about £1 million per annum.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison chaplains at each grade were employed in the prison chaplaincy service at the latest convenient date; and what were the figures for each of the last three years.

The numbers and grades of chaplains currently employed are as follows. Corresponding figures for 1980 are shown in brackets:—

Church of England
Chaplains
Chaplain General1 (1)
Assistant Chaplain General1 (1)
Regional Chaplains3 (4)
Chaplain I18 (17)
Chaplain II44 (41)
Assistant Chaplains6 (7)
Part-time Chaplain63 (42)
Roman Catholic
Chaplains
Senior RC Chaplain1 (1)
Assistant Senior Chaplain1 (1)
RC Chaplain I3 (3)
RC Chaplain II8 (7)
Part-time RC Chaplain93 (83)
A new grading structure for chaplains was introduced on 1 January 1980 and numbers and grades prior to that were as follows:—

Church of England
19791978
Chaplain General11
Assistant Chaplain General11
Regional Chaplains44
Full-time Chaplains6160
Part-time Chaplains4851

Roman Catholic

1979

1978

Senior RC Chaplain11
Full-time RC Chaplains1011
Part-time RC Chaplains7681