HC Deb 07 July 1960 vol 626 cc50-1W
31. Mr. Watkins

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the concern felt by the courts in Wales, apart from those in Glamorgan and Monmouth, because no detention centre facilities have been notified to them as being available under Section 18 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1948; what action he is taking to expedite the provision of such centres for the areas affected; and how soon they will be made available.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I share the concern of all courts who are at present unable to commit young persons to detention centres and I have given the highest priority to the provision of sufficient centres to cover the whole of England and Wales. Eight more centres are planned and work has already started on many of these. I have not taken a final decision about which courts each of these will serve and which will be junior and which senior centres, but it is hoped that courts in Wales will have a senior centre to which they can commit offenders by the end of 1961.