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Prisons: Community Engagement Implementation Guide

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to HM Prison Service was of producing (a) the Community Engagement Implementation Guide and (b) community engagement events held in the last 12 months; and if he will place a copy of the Guide in the Library. (186208)

The Community Engagement Implementation Guide was produced by a member of the Race Equality Action Group (REAG): the senior executive officer (whose annual salary was about £35,000) spent approximately 10 per cent. of her time developing the document, which formed part of the revised Prison Service Race Equality Order (PSO 2800). The order is available on the Prison Service website and in the parliamentary Library. A copy of the Implementation Guide has been placed in the Library.

At a national level the Prison Service spent £5,000 on undertaking and publicising community engagement events in the last 12 months. Local community engagement events are held in prisons across the estate and details are not held centrally, so it is not possible to give a figure for the cost of such events.