§ Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many places have been designated in terms of section 5 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980; whether he has any plans to increase the numbers of places designated; and whether any such plans include increased provision in the sheriffdom of Lothian and Borders.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
One place has been designated, at Albyn House, Aberdeen. The provision of such facilities is a matter for voluntary organisations, who may be eligible for grant under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, or local authorities. A voluntary body called the Lothian alcohol recovery service is seeking to establish a designated place in Edinburgh and my Department is arranging to meet its representatives.