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Detention Centres

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he has received any allegations of assault or mistreatment of inmates at Send detention centre, Woking, Surrey;(2) whether he has received any allegations of assault or mistreatment of inmates at Werrington detention centre, Stoke on Trent;(3) whether he has received, since 29 March, any further complaints of assault or mistreatment of inmates at Aldington detention centre from parents or solicitors or other professional persons;(4) whether he has received any allegations of assault or mistreatment of inmates at Blantyre house detention centre, Kent;(5) whether he has received any allegations of assault or mistreatment of inmates at Usk detention centre, Gwent;(6) further to the answer of 29 March,

Official Report, column 399, about Aldington detention centre, what is the current state of investigation;

(7) whether he has received any complaints of failure of persons to co-operate with the police investigations into complaints at Aldington detention centre referred to in the answer of 29 March, Official Report, column 399.

Since the new, consistent detention centre regime took effect on 6 March we have received no such allegations in respect of Send, Werrington, or Usk detention centres; an allegation by an inmate at Blantyre House was fully investigated by the Governor, who concluded that it was without substance. The police are investigating a number of allegations in respect of Aldington detention centre, the most recent of which was made on 16 May, it would be inapropriate to comment on their inquiries while they are proceeding.