HC Deb 03 June 1954 vol 528 cc103-4W
56. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received in respect of the effectiveness or otherwise of the Kidlington institution for delinquent youths; what modifications or extensions are contemplated; and if he is satisfied that the diet provided is adequate in view of the severe physical work and exercise required.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

The detention centre at Kidlington for boys aged 14ߝ16 opened in August, 1952, and its progress and development have been satisfactory, but I do not think there is yet sufficient experience of its working for a considered assessment to be made of its effectiveness. Minor modifications have been made in certain aspects of the treatment, and the working of the centre will continue to be kept closely under review. I am advised that the diet, which is now the same as for Borstal institutions, is adequate and sustaining. A second detention centre, for boys of the 17ߝ21 age-group, was opened on 1st April last at Goudhurst, Kent; and another centre for the junior age-group is expected to open at Foston in Derbyshire. in the latter part of next year.