HC Deb 24 April 2002 vol 384 cc315-6W
Mr. Donaldson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support he has given to the establishment of a Prison Service Trust to assist the families of those who have served with the Northern Ireland Prison Service. [45968]

Jane Kennedy

I recognise the contribution that those in the Northern Ireland Prison Service have made during difficult times and I welcome the establishment of a Prison Service Trust.

I believe that the groups which have the greatest needs are dependent family members of murdered officers and officers who have died in service and officers who have retired due to ill health.

I have agreed to provide funding of £600,000 over a three-year period to assist in the work of the trust. Additionally I am providing the trust with accommodation, services and office equipment.