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ClearSprings: Wales

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many hostels managed by ClearSprings have been opened in Wales in the last 12 months; (197801)

(2) whether there is a duty on ClearSprings to consult (a) the local community, (b) the police, (c) the Probation Service and (d) local authorities prior to opening a bail hostel in Wales;

(3) how many bail places were provided by ClearSprings in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08;

(4) how many bailees placed in hostels in Wales run by ClearSprings have been charged with a subsequent offence.

The bail accommodation and support service provided by ClearSprings does not provide hostels. Normal residential housing in the community, typically with three people sharing a house, is provided for defendants whom the courts have granted bail and for offenders released on home detention curfew. Nine houses have been made available in Wales in the last 12 months. ClearSprings are required to consult the local authority, the police and probation when acquiring properties for the service. There is no requirement for any other community consultation. The service commenced from 18 June 2007. In 2007-08, from that date up to 28 March, 481 people were bailed and 375 were released on Home Detention Curfew into the service across England and Wales. Reliable information on the number of people released into the service who are charged with a subsequent offence is not available.