HC Deb 14 October 1991 vol 196 cc30-1W
Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the present arrangements for supervising persistent offenders remanded to bail hostels; when the last inspection of such hostels took place on a nationwide scale; what plans he has for improving supervision; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

All persons remanded to a bail hostel are subject to supervision by the staff, who maintain 24-hour coverage at the hostel. Hostel rules set out what conduct is acceptable at the hostel and include a night-time curfew. The residents are required to comply with their bail conditions and with the rules of the hostel. Residents who fail to comply are liable to be brought back to the courts to determine their disposal.

Current plans include the introduction of national standards for bail hostels now in preparation and due to come into force in October 1992. These will ensure that good practice in supervising residents is applied in every bail hostel. In particular, they will set out clear procedures to be followed if it appears that a resident has broken the conditions of his bail.

Responsibility for the inspection of bail and other approved hostels lies with Her Majesty's inspectorate of probation. Whilst they have inspected individual hostels as part of ordinary probation area inspection programmes, there has been no national inspection as such. The issue of the new national standards will, of course, now require the inspectorate to develop a suitable follow-up programme as well as requiring probation areas to undertake regular monitoring as part of their established local arrangements.

Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in tabular form details of the number of bail hostels in England and Wales,

Bail hostels in England and Wales in October 1991
Probation Area Hostel Location Beds
Cleveland South Bank Middlesbrough 20
Devon Dudley Centre Newton Abbott 20
Dorset Bournemouth Bournemouth 20
East Sussex Brighton Brighton 15
Essex Basildon Basildon 21
Greater Manchester Chorlton Hostel Manchester 27
Greater Manchester Wilton Place Manchester 22
Greater Manchester Withington Road Manchester 32
Gloucestershire Ryecroft Gloucester 16
Hampshire Dickson House Fareham 28
Inner London Kelley House London 28
Inner London Tulse Hill London 27
Kent Dover Bail Dover 18
Lancashire Blackburn Blackburn 18
Leicestershire Howard House Leicester 20
Merseyside Curtis House Liverpool 15
Middlesex Corfton Road London 20
North Wales Ty Newydd Bangor 12
Northumbria Cuthbert House Gateshead 16
Northumbria Pennywell Sunderland 22
Oxfordshire Clarks House Oxford 26
South West London Kew London 14
South Yorkshire Town Moor Doncaster 22
Staffordshire Lichfield House Stafford 12
West Glamorgan Emroch House Port Talbot 12
West Midlands Stonnall Road Aldridge 12
West Midlands Sycamore Lodge Oldbury 32
West Yorkshire Howden House Leeds 27
West Yorkshire Walmer Villas Bradford 18
Total 602