Schedule 4

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 25th October 2007.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 2:30 pm, 25th October 2007

I hope and expect that they would. I will certainly look at that matter outside the Committee to ensure that that is the case.

The whole thrust of our discussion today is the prevention of reoffending. We have young people, some very young, who need education and investment, who need to have their offending behaviour addressed and who ultimately need to come out of the young offender institution as better people than when they went into it. From my visits to such institutions, both secure training centres and young offenders institutions, I know that that work is ongoing.

The statistics still show that we are facing very difficult and challenging times in working through that. There is still a high level of reoffending by those young people when they leave secure training centres and youth offending institutions. Our purpose has to be—I agree with the hon. and learned Gentleman—to ensure that we have a safe and productive environment. I am not able to accept his new clause, but I accept some of the thrust of the arguments about having that safety and that positive regime in the centres.

The hon. and learned Member for Harborough will know, as will my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North, that one of the issues we have looked at recently is restraint and its use in secure training centres and other establishments. My hon. Friend has been very assiduous in pressing the concerns of her constituents. She will know, as the Committee knows, that there have been two serious inquests following the deaths of individuals in custody. We need to reflect on those issues and take them on board.

In July, I instigated a full review across the estate of the use of restraint in the young persons’ estates. With the Minister for Children, Young People and Families, I recently appointed two joint chairs to conduct the review, which is now taking evidence. I hope that the hon. and learned Member for Harborough and the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome will submit their views to the joint review on restraint. That review will report to me by 4 April 2008. My right hon. Friend and I will be taking decisions on the use of restraint. I hope that the regime will ultimately have an effect on disturbed behaviour by young people, either through self-harm or against each other.