HL Deb 10 December 1991 vol 533 cc30-1WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What accommodation is provided for religious services or meetings of other faiths at each of the prisons in England and Wales.

Earl Ferrers

There is no central register of accommodation provided in prisons in England and Wales for services and meetings of other faiths. Governors seek to make appropriate arrangements, taking account of the availability of suitable accommodation and the numbers of adherents of other faiths in the prison.

In new prisons which are being built, a room for other faiths is included in the chaplaincy centre. It is the intention to extend this kind of provision wherever possible. In some older prisons it is already possible to allocate a room for this purpose. In others, part of the Christian chapel is used with the agreement of all concerned, sometimes with curtains or partitions in place to maximise the use of the area. In prisons with only small numbers of members of other faiths, a classroom, office or interview room may be used for worship.

Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will list the prisons under construction, and the cost of accommodation to be provided in each of them for Church of England and other faiths respectively.

Earl Ferrers

The total cost of the accommodation set aside for religious activities at each of the new prisons under construction is as follows:—

Prison Cost of accommodation provided for religious purposes


Elmley 467
Bullingdon 469
Wolds 237
Holme House 353
Woodhill 488
High Down 429
Blakenhurst 451
Lancaster Farms 487
Doncaster 631

With minor exceptions, this accommodation is available for use by all faiths.