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Prisoners: Collective Worship

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many prisons all (a) Anglican, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) Free Church or Methodist prisoners were able to attend weekly worship in the last quarter for which figures are available; and in which prisons prisoners of each affiliation were not all able to attend weekly worship in that period. (306363)

Information on this is not collected or collated by prisons. The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost as it would need to be collated from 135 prisons. All prisons provide appropriate acts of worship for prisoners from the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Free Church/Methodist traditions each week, other than in exceptional circumstances. On the authority of the governor, prisoners may be excluded from attending worship on an individual basis for a period not exceeding one month, and renewable thereafter, on certain specified grounds relating to security, good order and control.