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Prisons: Religion

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities are offered to non-Christian worshippers in HM prisons; and what the costs of these facilities were in each of the last five years. (127562)

The Prison Service policy is to enable those prisoners who wish, to practise their religion. The Prison Service Performance Standard on Religion (No. 51) and the Prison Service Order on Religion (4550) sets out the more detailed policy and includes specific information on the provision necessary for the practice of the main world faiths, including Islam. Copies of Prison Service orders are kept in the House Library and both Prison Service orders and performance standards are also published on the Prison Service website (www.hmprisons.gov.uk). The requested information on costs is not available.