§ Mr. Hooson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation residential hostels exist in England and Wales; and what proposals he has for increasing the number.
§ Mr. Carlisle
There are 28 approved probation hostels and homes with a total of 534 places for men aged between 17 and 35, and eight with a total of 145 places for women aged between 17 and 25. My right hon. Friend is planning for the provision by probation and aftercare committees of about 1,650 additional places, mainly for men aged between 19 and 35, over the next few years.