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Bail Hostels

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to allow bail hostels to be run by private operators; and if he will make a statement.

We are examining how private sector involvement in the provision of bail accomodation, including bail hostels, can be increased but no decisions have yet been taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he gives on the establishment of bail hostels in communities; and if he will make a statement.

The role of the Home Office in the setting up of individual bail hostels is confined to approving a proposal for funding. It is for local probation committees to decide the location of a bail hostel, obtain the appropriate planning consents and negotiate the purchase.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the amount of money made available for bail hostels in west Yorkshire for the years 1989–90 to 1990–91.

Capital provision of up to £735,000 has been made available for additional bail and probation—bail hostel places in west Yorkshire in 1989–90. The allocation for 1990–91 is not yet decided.