HC Deb 31 October 1957 vol 575 cc87-8W
81. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has been able to consider the Report of the Advisory Council on alternatives to short terms of imprisonment; and what action he proposes to take on the Council's recommendations.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I am anxious to implement as soon as possible the Council's recommendation that an experimental attendance centre should be set up for male 17–21-year-olds; and inquiries are now being made to see where one could most usefully be established. The provision of a remand centre is also high among our priorities. Clerks to justices have been asked to bring to the justices' attention those proposals which concern the practice of the courts. The other proposals are receiving attention, but they involve legislation, about which I cannot at present make any statement.