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Oakhill Secure Training Centre

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

In my written ministerial statement of 12 July 2007 (Official Report, col. 69WS), I undertook to update the House in relation to Oakhill secure training centre. The Ministry of Justice and the Department for Children, Schools and Families have joint responsibility for youth justice. My right hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston (Beverley Hughes) is the lead minister for the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

My right hon. Friend and I wish to inform the House that the Youth Justice Board has decided to issue rectification notices to STC Milton Keynes Limited, the contractor responsible for the delivery of services at Oakhill STC. The contractor will be required to remedy the identified deficiencies. Rectification will include improvement in the number and training of staff provided and the education service.

This is the latest step taken by the Youth Justice Board in its management of this contract to ensure that the contractor delivers the services specified. The safety of the young people in the STC is of paramount importance and the YJB will be monitoring the position closely.