§ Mr. Terlezki
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the pre-May 1983 distinction between open borstals and closed borstals had any effect with regard to the rate of recidivism; and to what extent this distinction survives in the post-May 1983 youth custody centres.
§ Mr. Hurd
The readily available information on reconviction rates is published annually in "Prison Statistics England and Wales" (chapter 8 of the issue for 1982, Cmnd. 9027). The additional information requested could be produced only at disproportionate cost. The distinction between open and closed accommodation is applicable to youth custody centres.