§ 33. Mr. Popplewell
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that, in the North-East, places in remand homes are becoming difficult to find; and what steps he is taking to have more remand homes built.
§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
My right hon. Friend is aware that there is a shortage of remand home accommodation in the North-East, and the Home Office has been in consultation on this problem with the local authorities, on whom the duty of providing remand homes rests. A new remand home for boys was opened in the West Riding last October and is being enlarged; and new and larger remand homes for boys are being provided by the Durham County Council at Penshaw, and by the County Boroughs of Leeds and Sheffield. These schemes, when completed, will provide 47 addi-54W
§ Mr. Renton
I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT the figures for March and April, together with totals for the first four months of the year for each of the last three years.
tional places. Sixteen of these are already available in the West Riding, and 12 are expected in Sheffield this year. I am informed that the remainder should become available during the first half of 1963. Leeds City Council have also agreed to provide a new remand home for girls.