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Hospital Chaplains

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken by each Health and Social Services Trust in Northern Ireland to ensure that the (a) appointment and (b) representation of hospital chaplains complies with equality legislation. (95395)

All Health and Social Services Trusts are expected to comply with equality legislation when appointing any member of staff including hospital chaplains.

Trusts are only required to make remunerated appointments where there is a reasonable need for a particular faith group. Honorary appointments can be considered for the other smaller faith groups where a remunerated appointment is not considered necessary.