HC Deb 28 June 1967 vol 749 cc483-4
2. Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many residential places are provided in Scotland for maladjusted children; and what plans he has for expanding this number.

The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Bruce Milan)

One hundred and ninety-two places are provided in residential schools for maladjusted children managed by education authorities and grant-aided voluntary bodies. Projects now in hand and proposed should double this number over the next few years.

Mr. Dewar

Will my hon. Friend accept that this will give a great deal of satisfaction in view of the very slow growth in the 1960s? Can he assure the House that the targets set out by the working party which was set up by his Department in 1964 are now likely to be met?

Mr. Millan

Certainly. There were two working parties and their conclusions were drawn to the attention of local authorities as far back as December, 1965.

The Earl of Dalkeith

When does the Minister hope to be able to follow up with legislation the White Paper, Social Work and the Community, in view of the bearing it has on this question?

Mr. Millan

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put that down as a Question, because it is quite separate from the Question on the Order Paper.