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Borstal Hostel Schemes

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the borstal hostel schemes.

The Department is taking steps to acquire a property in the West Midlands to serve Hewell Grange borstal. A decision about the desirability of further extension of the borstal hostels scheme will be taken when we have experience of the operation of hostels serving the borstals at Hindley and Hewell Grange as well as at Hollesley Bay colony.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what years the borstal hostel schemes started at (a) Hollesley Bay, (b) Hewell Grange, and (c) Hindley; what progress has been made with their evaluation; and when the results will be published.

The hostel serving Hollesley Bay borstal opened in 1968 and that serving Hindley borstal in 1979; Hewell Grange borstal does not yet have one. Results of the evaluation of the Hollesley Bay hostel will be published shortly. Because of inherent limitations on the value of the research there are no plans to extend the formal evaluation to other hostels.