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 will reflect on that outside the Committee and will await the letter from my hon. Friend with some interest. We have published the terms of reference of the review, and we have appointed two individuals to conduct it, both of whom are strong professionals in their field. The review will report to me. They have sent invitations this week for evidence to be presented to them. In terms of the safety issue, the use of restraint in secure training centres and other establishments is being looked at in the round, because of the challenging nature of some of the individuals.

In July, I tabled amendments on restraint issues in the other place and this place, because self-harm, harm against other individuals, and harm against staff can be prevented by restraint, but we need to look at how it is used in the context also of preventing some of the tragic events that have happened in the past.