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Prison Service Chaplain General

Volume 622: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Why there are no non-Christians on the interviewing panel for the selection of new Chaplain General for the Prison Service; and whether they will consult the religious advisory group about this appointment. [HL717]

Members of the Advisory Group on Religion in Prisons are not being consulted about this appointment which, in line with the normal Prison Service and Civil Service rules on recruitment, will be made by the Prison Service on the recommendation of the recruitment board. As the field for this post has been confined to ordained clergy from within the Anglican communion, the recruitment board will include representatives of the Christian churches in addition to members of the Prison Service Management Board.