HC Deb 08 June 1976 vol 912 cc625-6W
Mr. Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice he has given to local authorities in Scotland regarding the provisions to be made in order to ensure that schoolchildren do not go to prison.

Mr. McElhone

In September 1974, local authorities were encouraged to provide increased residential and other resources particularly to meet the needs of children placed under residential supervision requirements by children's hearings or committed by the courts for residential training. Authorities had been advised in 1971 about the need to provide appropriate accommodation for the short-term detention of children; current plans by authorities will provide 200 new places in such accommodation, including secure places.