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Young Persons (Remand)

Volume 81: debated on Wednesday 19 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy concerning the holding of young persons on remand within adult prisons.

Within the constraints imposed by the size of the prison population and the availability of accommodation it is our policy that remand prisoners should be held in locations which are easily reached by their families and legal advisers, and that young people (that is those aged under 21) on remand should be held in a separate establishment or part of an establishment. Where complete separation of that kind is not possible, every effort is made to keep young people apart from adults within an establishment. Very great care is always taken to keep juveniles (that is those aged under 17) apart from adults.