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Children: Secure Institutions

Volume 691: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What is the daily amount spent on food per child in (a) young offender institutions; (b) secure training centres; and (c) local authority secure children’s homes in England and Wales. [HL2672]

In 2005-06, the average daily amount spent on food for young offenders at Prison Service young offender institutions was £2.20.

Comparable information is not collected centrally in respect of secure training centres or secure children’s homes. The Youth Justice Board does not specify a minimum amount to be spent on food, but contracts with secure training centre operators require that each trainee will be provided with a meal that has reasonably sized portions of wholesome, nutritious, varied and good-quality food three times each day, including at least one hot main meal and a light supper snack. The board’s contracts with secure children’s homes (SCH) specify that each trainee will be provided with adequate quantities of suitably prepared food and drink, having regard to their needs and wishes. This is in accordance with the national minimum standards for children’s homes.

Trainees in all custodial establishments are given breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a snack at supper time.