§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many local authorities have established places of refuge where battered wives and their children can seek financial and immediate help.
§ Mr. John Morris
All local authorities have temporary accommodation available for such cases where necessary. Local authorities have power under Section 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1963 to provide assistance in kind, and exceptionally in cash, where this will diminish the need to take children into care.