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Prisons: Islam

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities Muslim worshippers are offered in prisons; and what the associated costs of such facilities were in each year since 2001. (127950)

The Prison Service policy is to enable those prisoners who wish, to practise their religion. The Prison Service Performance Standard on Religion (number 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons employ an Imam; and how much each is paid. (127536)

The Prison Service establishments that currently employ Muslim chaplains are detailed in the following list. Other establishments will use Muslim chaplains on a fee-paid basis. Chaplains in the public sector Prison Service are paid in two pay-bands with pay (excluding allowances) ranging from £19,680 to £35,799. Each private contractor has different rates of pay within the range £25,000 to £38,000.

Prisons in England and Wales directly employing Muslim chaplains

Altcourse

Aylesbury

Bedford

Belmarsh

Birmingham

Blakenhurst

Brixton

Bronzefield

Buckley Hall

Bullingdon

Cardiff

Channings Wood1

Coldingley

Doncaster

Dovegate

Dover

Elmley1

Featherstone

Feltham

Forest Bank

Frankland

Full Sutton

Highpoint

Hindley

Leicester

Lincoln

Lindholme

Liverpool

Lowdham Grange

Manchester

Moorland

Nottingham

Pentonville

Peterborough

Portland1

Reading

Risley

Rye Hill

Standford Hill1

Swaleside

Swinfen Hall

The Mount

The Verne1

Thorn Cross

Wakefield

Wandsworth

Whitemoor

Wolds

Woodhill

Wormwood Scrubs

1 Muslim chaplain covers more than one establishment.