HC Deb 15 June 1961 vol 642 cc64-5W
59. Miss Bacon

asked the Secretary a State for the Home Department, in view of the shortage of remand homes in the north of England, if evidence was given by his Department at the inquiry held in connection with the site proposed by the Leeds City Council for a new remand home.

Mr. R. A. Butler

This inquiry arose out of an application by the Leeds City Council for planning permission to site a new remand home for boys within a proposed green belt. No evidence on behalf of the Home Office was given at the inquiry.

68. Mr. Braddock

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in dealing with the shortage of accommodation at remand homes throughout the country where no vacancies are available for the courts to remand their cases to; if he has considered the details submitted to the juvenile bench in Liverpool juvenile court on Friday morning, 9th June, 1961, in order that magistrates would be aware of the position if they desired to remand cases for report, particulars of which have been sent to him; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. R. A. Butler

My right hon. Friend the Minister of State indicated in his reply of 13th April to the right hon. Member for West Bromwich (Mr. Dugdale) the steps being taken to relieve the pressure on remand home accommodation. Since then there have been further consultations with authorities in the north-west with a view to increasing remand home provision for both boys and girls and additional places have been made available at a boys' remand home in the London area. Further places have also been provided in the approved school system and I am pressing on with other projects which will help to reduce the time spent in remand homes by boys and girls waiting for places in approved schools.

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