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The Detention Centre Rules 2001

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Certification of accommodation

15.—(1) The Secretary of State shall satisfy himself that in every detention centre sufficient accommodation is provided for all detained persons.

(2) No room shall be used as sleeping accommodation for a detained person unless the Secretary of State has certified that:—

(a)its size, lighting, heating, ventilation and fittings are adequate for health;

(b)it has adequate storage facilities (consistent with interests of security and safety); and

(c)it allows the detained person to communicate at any time with an officer.

(3) No room shall be used for the purposes of:—

(a)removal from association under rule 40;

(b)temporary confinement under rule 42; or

(c)application of special control or restraint under rule 43 unless the Secretary of State has certified that its lighting, heating, ventilation and fittings are adequate for health and that it allows the detained person to communicate at any time with an officer.

(4) A certificate given under this rule in respect of any room shall specify the maximum number of detained persons who may be accommodated in the room.

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