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HM Prison Service's Race Advisory Group

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who the members are of HM Prison Service’s Race Advisory Group; how much they are paid; what recommendations they have made; and which have been implemented as a result of such recommendations. (186255)

There are 18 members of the Race Advisory Group (RAG), which was reconstituted during 2007. They include representatives of voluntary and community sector groups working in prisons, as well as managers from other large organisations and concerned and motivated individuals.

Membership of the RAG is on a voluntary basis, and members receive no payment other than reimbursement for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

The reconstituted RAG has completed two familiarisation visits to prison establishments, but has had only one formal meeting and has yet to make any recommendations to the Prison Service.