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Prisons: Equality

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on implementing equality and diversity policies in each prison in each of the last three years. (188292)

It is not possible to disaggregate the sums spent on implementing equality and diversity policies in each prison. HM Prison Service takes very seriously its legal duty to promote equality and tackle unlawful discrimination, and this forms an integral part of the work of all managers and members of staff in prisons.

In terms of the resources dedicated to equality and diversity, figures are not collected centrally, and to do so would be at disproportionate cost.

Each prison has as a sub-group of its senior management team, a Race equality action team, led by the governor or deputy governor, which meets regularly to oversee work on race equality. Each prison also has a race equality officer, which is a full-time or equivalent post in 74 prisons, and a part-time role in the others. Many establishments also have parallel structures for the management of other diversity strands, with diversity action teams meeting regularly, and diversity managers, disability officers and/or equal opportunities officers, some of which are full-time posts and others part-time roles.