§ Mr. A. Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the highest and lowest number of children under the age of 17 years, who, respectively, and on any one day during the period 1st January to 31st May, 1962, were held in remand homes, remand centres and other establishments which could be reasonably deemed places of detention, and who were so detained because they were awaiting vacancies at approved schools.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
I regret that the precise information requested is not available and could not be obtained without special inquiries which would throw a heavy burden of work on remand homes. The nearest information that I can give is that on 30th April there were 497 boys and 88 girls who had been committed to approved schools and in respect of whom applications for vacancies had been received.