HC Deb 17 February 1949 vol 461 cc1326-7
22. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent remand home and approved school accommodation has increased; how far it is meeting the existing need; and to what extent the employment of corporal punishment in these institutions has decreased during the last year.

Mr. Ede

Accommodation is constantly being adjusted to meet the needs of the changing situation, and where an increase is necessary steps are taken to provide it. At the end of 1948, some 650 cases were awaiting admission to approved schools; a sufficient number of schools is in preparation to overtake this deficiency. The figures for corporal punishment show little significant change.

Mr. Sorensen

Although the right hon. Gentleman has given a general answer, he has not indicated whether, in fact, the demand for remand home and approved school accommodation is being met better than a year ago. Could he give that information?

Mr. Ede

The situation has improved and is improving.