HC Deb 09 March 1993 vol 220 cc474-5W
Mr. Marlow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances corporal punishment will be available in the new juvenile offenders institutions.

Mr. Jack

We do not believe that corporal punishment is an acceptable way of dealing with offenders. It was abolished under the 1948 Criminal Justice Act and the Government have no plans to reintroduce it. Corporal punishment, therefore, has no place in our planning for the new secure training centres.

Mr. Alfred Morris

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 10 February,Official Report, column 625, what plans there are to increase the amounts committed to schemes aimed at diverting young people from crimes, including car crime; and if he will make a further statement.

Mr. Jack

The main Government programmes in the Greater Manchester area described in the reply I gave to the right hon. Member on 10 February, at column625, will each receive funding in 1993–94. It is planned to increase total funding for the probation supervision grants scheme —PSGS—from £6.8 million this year to 10.4 million, £12 million and £13 million respectively over the next three financial years, but there are no plans to provide additional resources for the other additional resources for the other programmes. The PSGS helps voluntary organisations in partnership with probation services to provide support to defendants, those on community sentence and those released from prison with the aim of reducing reoffending.

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