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Prisons: Extremism Unit

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prison Service's Extremism Unit was formed; what funding it has received in each year since it was formed; and which department has provided that funding. [HL6236]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding will be made available for the Prison Service's Extremism Unit in (a) 2009–10, and (b) 2010–11; and which department will provide that funding. [HL6237]

The Extremism Unit was formed in February 2007 to take forward and co-ordinate a programme of work to address risks of extremism and radicalisation in prisons. Following the creation of the new National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in 2008, the role of this programme expanded to cover offenders both in custody and under supervision in the community.

Funding for the NOMS extremism programme, which includes the staffing of the Extremism Unit, has been provided by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office. The table below shows the amounts within those grants which were identified for the Extremism Unit, and the total expenditure subsequently invoiced and received.


Amount Granted (£)

Amount Spent (£)










The resource requirement for 2010-11 has not yet been determined.