HC Deb 31 July 1947 vol 441 c613
17. Mr. Gage

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many escapes were made from approved schools during the period 1st January to 31st December, 1946; the average time between escape and recapture; and the total number of crimes known to have been committed by inmates during such periods of escape.

Mr. Ede

Approved Schools are not closed institutions, and no central record is kept of occasions when a boy or girl is absent without leave for part of a day. The cases in which an absconder was absent for at least one night amounted in the course of the year to 3,318. I regret that the further information asked for is not available.