HC Deb 31 May 1960 vol 624 cc121-2W
Mr. Currie

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies at present exist for young persons in probation hostels in England and Wales; and how many young persons ordered by a court to reside in a probation hostel in the month of April, 1960, were unable to be accommodated in a probation hostel.

Mr. R. A. Butler

On 30th April, there were or would shortly be 50 vacancies for youths and 69 for girls. A proportion of these had been reserved for cases known to be before the courts. As regards the second part of the Question, a court does not order residence in a probation hostel unless a vacancy is available.