§ Mr. Marsden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many boys and girls domiciled in Liverpool who have committed no offence are in approved schools.
§ Mr. Alison
Under provisions of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969, implemented earlier this year, the majority of the former approved schools now form part of a system of community homes in accordance with regional plans prepared by local authorities. Central statistics of the population of those community homes which correspond to former approved schools, and of the approved schools still temporarily administered as such, do not distinguish children and young persons who have been found guilty of an offence from others, or group them according to their area of residence. The arrangements made by a particular local authority for the children and young persons in their care are a matter for that authority.