§ 53. Sir R. Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many magistrates' courts in England and Wales have a detention centre available to them when a vacancy exists; and how many such magistrates' courts have no detention centre available for their use.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Out of about 1,000 petty sessional areas in England and Wales, approximately 270 can commit to senior detention centres and 410 to junior detention centres. Some can commit to both. I plan to provide at least twelve detention centres, including the four already in existence, and I hope that these will be sufficient to cover the country. Work on four of the eight further centres needed is already in progress, and I hope that by the end of the year work will have begun on another two.