HC Deb 20 April 1989 vol 151 c286W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what chapel facilities exist at Wakefield prison for prisoners segregated on rule 43; when work was commenced on refurbishing the chapel; and when this work will be completed.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

Rule 43 prisoners segregated for their own protection may attend the temporary chapel at Wakefield prison but those who are segregated for reasons of good order and discipline may not. This is partly because of the location of the chapel and partly because of the nature of the offenders and offences concerned. The number of rule 43 prisoners who may not attend fluctuates between about 15 and 30, not all of whom will be practising Christians. Chaplains visit prisoners every day and will take private services for any prisoner who so requests.

A date has not yet been fixed for commencement of the refurbishment of the permanent chapel.