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Borstal Trainees

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list each borstal establishment in Scotland; how many inmates each contains at present; how many staff are employed at each borstal; and what is the cost to public funds of employing security staff at each of these institutions.

The position at 23 March 1980 was as follows:

BorstalNo. ofNo. of
institutioninmatesstaff
Polmont374193
Castle Huntly9264
Noranside6158
Cornton Vale (girls)3820

All members of staff share a measure of responsibility for security and it is not practicable to isolate the costs of this particular activity.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the categories by which inmates of Scottish borstal establishments are classified; and what are the classes of offence which result in offenders being placed in each category.

There is no formal classification system for borstal inmates in Scotland, but any inmate who, because of his past record, is considered likely to abscond or who, because of the nature of his offence or of any outstanding charges against him, would be a danger to the public if he did abscond, is made subject to special security conditions. These are reviewed regularly and lifted or modified whenever this is considered to be appropriate. No inmate who is subject to security conditions is allocated to the open borstal institutions at Castle Huntly or Noranside.Within the borstal institutions there is a grading system whereby inmates, according to their response to training, can become progressively eligible for additional privileges—for example, in relation to leave, outside visits, outside work, and additional earnings.