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Prisons: Muslim Chaplains

Volume 716: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 30 April (WA 44), whether the report into Muslim chaplains in public service has been completed; if so, how much it cost; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House. [HL825]

In June 2008, The Experience Corps produced a draft framework of standards and recruitment process to be used voluntarily by institutions when engaging Muslim chaplains in public service. The Experience Corps was awarded £88,708 (excluding VAT) to complete this work.

Following a tendering process in August 2008, Faith Matters was contracted to pilot the draft recruitment process and standards. Following the pilot, Faith Matters will produce a final standards framework and recruitment process, which will be promoted for voluntary use in public institutions from spring 2010. The project is projected to cost a total of £90,000, with final payment on completion. A copy of the final documents will be placed in the Library of the House.