HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 cc234-5W
66. Mr. Snow

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that warders at detention centres have used terms of opprobrium, referring to conscientious objection to National Service, towards individuals in their charge; and whether he will take steps to prohibit this practice.

Major Lloyd-George

I am aware that such allegations have been made by one inmate. They were denied by the staff of the centre concerned, and I have no hesitation in accepting the denial.

67. Mr. Snow

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what health certification is required before young persons are accepted into detention centres; and what variation in the physical training programme is made according to the physical state of individuals.

Major Lloyd-George

The attention of the courts has been drawn to the need to ensure that boys sentenced to a term of detention in a detention centre should be physically fit for the strenuous activities that will be carried out there. Every boy is given a thorough medical examination on reception. Any boy found unfit for any of the normal activities of the centre is excused from participation in them and suitable alternative occupation is found.

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