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Medway Secure Training Centre

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 11 April, Official Report, column 452W, on secure training centres, if he will list the reasons for each financial penalty imposed at Medway Secure Training Centre. [113432]

In its five years of operation Medway has incurred performance penalties of £844,356 for non-availability of places and £66,518 for failure to deliver specified services. Most were incurred in the first year following a major disturbance two months after the centre opened. The service penalties covered trainees possessing prohibited items, mainly cigarettes; incidents of concerted indiscipline; failure to ensure a trainee saw a doctor on arrival at the Secure Training Centre; failure to comply with cleaning schedule; an escape; compromise of key and lock; failure to deliver 25 hours of taught education and/or training per week; assaults on staff and trainees; failure to provide a training plan; failure to deliver specific programmes for tackling offending behaviour; paperwork for trainees" release being unavailable; and failure to report performance to the monitor.