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Approved Premises: Merton

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to establish bail hostels in (a) Wimbledon constituency and (b) the London Borough of Merton. (255951)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to him of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 151-152W.

No bail hostels are being established in the constituency of Wimbledon. The Bail Accommodation and Support Service provides private, rented accommodation in small houses and flats with up to five people sharing, not hostels. The Director of Offender Management for London has identified a need for one three-bedroom property in Merton and ClearSprings are seeking an appropriate property. When properties are identified ClearSprings consult the police, probation and local authority before proceeding. In Merton they have consulted in relation to a property that was considered but not proceeded with and have held meetings with council officials and councillors. It is my practice to write to the relevant Member of Parliament when first a property is being readied for use in his/her constituency. At 26 January 2009 ClearSprings were providing 176 properties in England and Wales.