Prisons: Extremism

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

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.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

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.

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