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|30 June 2008|
|Muslim prisoners||Percentage of total|
Prisons with fewer than 50 Muslim prisoners have been excluded.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners in each prison who have converted to Islam while in prison in (a) 2008 and (b) each of the previous five years. 
Mr. Hanson: The information requested is not collected in the form required, and could be obtained only at significant disproportionate cost. When a prisoner changes religion this is recorded locally by the chaplaincy team on the prisoner's record. There is no current requirement for this information to be collated centrally.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were unable to attend workshops, courses or other rehabilitative sessions due to wing refurbishment or other building works in each prison in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available; for how many days prisoners were made to attend such courses in that period; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) do not hold information on the number of prisoners that were unable to attend workshops, courses or other rehabilitative sessions due to wing refurbishment or other buildings works in prisons in England and Wales.
Building works and refurbishments are essential to enable the Prison Service to ensure that the existing facilities are maintained and additionally to provide the number of prisoner places required to meet the needs of an increasing prison population. Since April 2007 the capacity programme has delivered 4,162 essential additional prisoner places.
Every effort is made to prevent disruption to prison regimes and each prison endeavours to continue to provide a range of purposeful activities. NOMS measures the amount of purposeful activity recorded on average by every prisoner, the outturn for 2007-08 was 25.3 hours per prisoner per week.
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