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Prisons: Extremism

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what training and awareness programmes have been provided to staff at prisons in England and Wales aimed at preventing violent extremism and radicalisation. [HL1296]

The National Offender Management Service is delivering a programme of work to address the risks associated with violent extremism and radicalisation in prisons including improved intelligence gathering; training and awareness-raising for staff; support for chaplaincy teams; and work to research and develop appropriate interventions. Within this programme a series of briefings, written materials and events have been delivered. Work is currently taking place to determine the future training needs.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how much money has been spent in each of the last five years on programmes in prisons in England and Wales aimed at preventing violent extremism and radicalisation taking place; and (b) whether they will place copies of relevant training manuals in the Library of the House. [HL1297]

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) spends significant sums of money in delivering its responsibilities of protecting the public and reducing reoffending. In addition to the ongoing costs involved in holding terrorist prisoners securely and running effective regimes, NOMS is taking forward a multidisciplinary programme of work funded by the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT). Over the last three years OSCT has provided the following: 2005-06 £65,463, 2006-07 £140,535 and 2007-08 £822,542. Funding of £2.7 million has been allocated by OSCT for 2008-09.

As part of this programme, a variety of briefings to staff have been provided. However, operational security considerations mean that I am unable to place copies of the supporting materials used in the Library of the House.