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Considerations will include successful implementation of the recommendations of the Home Office auditor, and the submission of satisfactory financial accounts showing a satisfactory financial position.
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the preliminary findings of their research on ex-service personnel in prison. [HL1254]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): We aim to have initial findings on the proportion of veterans among the prison population and their spread across establishments in England and Wales later this year. Research would follow this on the nature of veterans offending and the factors that might have contributed.
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 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): 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.
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 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): 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 multi-disciplinary 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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Muslim chaplains are currently serving in prisons in England and Wales; which prisons they are at; and what is the total number of Muslim chaplains serving in each prison for the past five years. [HL1295]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): There are currently 197 Muslim Chaplains serving in prisons in England and Wales. The number of Muslim Chaplains currently serving at each prison is set out in the table below. These figures will include Chaplains appointed on an employed (full time and part time) basis, and on a sessional basis (some sessional Chaplains work for only a few hours each week). Information on the number of Muslim Chaplains serving in each prison for the last five years is not collected centrally or locally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
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