Political News Updates

15.06.2014

Secure Colleges

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have received on the use of constraint in secure colleges. [200242]

Jeremy Wright: During the passage of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill through this House, my officials and I have received representations from Members of the House and a number of stakeholders on the use of reasonable force for the purposes of ensuring good order and discipline in secure colleges.

The Bill provides for the use of force by a custody officer in discharging his or her duties, but only in circumstances authorised by secure college rules. At Report stage on 16 May 2014, I announced that we will be consulting on the approach to the rules, while the Bill is still before Parliament.

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what equality impact assessments his Department has carried out on the proposed introduction of a secure college. [200243]

Jeremy Wright: In accordance with the Ministry of Justice’s duties under the Equality Act 2010, we considered the impact of the proposals set out in the Government’s response to the Transforming Youth Custody Consultation in January 2014. We will consider equalities impacts further as part of the consultation on the approach to the secure college rules during the passage of the Criminal Justice and Court Bill through Parliament, and throughout the development of the project.