HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 cc217-8W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the fact that for over half a century there has been no established church in Wales, if he will take immediate steps to revise the arrangement whereby every prisoner in Welsh prisons, on admission, has to meet the Church of England chaplain.

Dr. Summerskill

The Prison Rules provide for every prisoner to be interviewed individually by the chaplain or minister of his denomination soon after his reception. Quite separately from these individual interviews, the Church of England chaplain at Cardiff prison sits as a member of the board which interviews all prisoners on reception and is available as a representative of the chaplaincy service, to advise newly-admitted prisoners of the religious facilities which are available to them. We have no proposals for revising these arrangements, which are designed to be of assistance to the prisoner.