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Detention Centres

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is yet able to announce details of the new regimes at Send and Newhall detention centres.

The pilot project will commence on 21 April at New Hall and Send detention centres. The regime, which will come into full effect two weeks after the commencement date, will be based on physically demanding work, primarily farming, market gardening and the servicing and maintenance of the centres, education and physical education, drill sessions, parades and inspections. Privileges and recreation will be limited. Staff will be expected to be firm but fair, to require high standards of work and behaviour from inmates but also to continue to take a close personal interest in their wellbeing. A copy of the Department's guidance to staff is being placed in the Library of the House.