§ Mr. Bean
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many secure units under Section 71 of the Children Act 1975 were completed by 1st February 1978 in each of the 12 children's regional planning areas; how many secure units were actually in use by 1st February 1978; how many secure units were under construction on 1st February 1978; how many further secure units are planned; and how much money has so far been allocated for the provision of secure units by central Government.
§ Mr. Moyle
Three secure units financed by grant under Section 71 of the Children352W Act 1975 had been completed by 1st February 1978 as follows:
Region Planning Area 1 (Northern Region) 1 Regional Planning Area 12 (Wales) 2
It is expected that these units will be occupied within the next two to three months.
Thirty-one units were in use at 1st February 1978—26 in England and five in Wales. There were 23 secure units under construction on that date, 21 in England and two in Wales.
Local authorities plan to provide 15 further units in the near future. The amount allocated for the provision of secure accommodation totals £5,900,000 for projects in England and £195,000 for projects in Wales.