Political News Updates

22.06.2014

Secure Colleges: Leicestershire

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 469W, on Secure Colleges: Leicestershire, what steps have been taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the cohort. [201375]

Jeremy Wright: The requirements set out within the tender for the design and build of the Secure College pathfinder took into account departmental experience of providing safe custodial environments. The initial design for the Secure College pathfinder was evaluated against these requirements as well as design, operation and security considerations.

The Ministry of Justice will be working with Wates, the preferred design and build bidder, over the coming months to refine the initial design. This will include ensuring that different groups of young people can be accommodated discretely, if needed, within the site.

The safety and wellbeing of young people is central to all plans for the design and operation of the Secure College pathfinder.