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Borstal Institutions

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list each borstal establishment in Northern Ireland; 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.

There is only one borstal in Northern Ireland, at Millisle, Co. Down, which at present accomodates 130 boys. The staff currently employed number 105; this figure includes governor grades, discipline officers and specialists such as trade officers and clerks. No separate security staff are employed. All staff have a responsibility for security and the cost of this particular activity cannot be isolated.

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

Persons sentenced to borstal training in Northern Ireland are not classified by reference to the nature of their offences.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks were perpetrated upon Borstal staff in Northern Ireland in each year since 1970; and what was the punishment meted out to each offender in each case.

Information as to assaults by borstal trainees on staff is available only for the years 1978 and 1979. The details are as follows:

Year 1978
Number of Cases 2
Punishment Imposed—14 days loss of privileges and earnings in both cases.
Year 1979
Number of Cases 1
Punishment Imposed Reduction in borstal grading.