HC Deb 01 February 1971 vol 810 cc268-9W
Mr. Judd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the effectiveness of attendance and detention centres as a means of preventing and treating juvenile delinquency; and what consultations he has had about this with those relevant professional associations concerned with the care and supervision of young people in trouble.

Mr. Maudling

Objective assessment, on the basis of statistical and other information, of the relative effectiveness of different forms of treatment presents considerable difficulties. I have not had occasion to discuss this question in relation to attendance and detention centres with the professional associations, but I shall be glad to consider any views which they may wish to express.