§ Lord Finsberg
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the average maintenance cost per child in fully secure accommodation.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege)
Local authority expenditure in England specifically on secure accommodation was first collected for 1994–95. It is expected this information will be published in the coming months. Secure accommodation is provided under Section 25 of the Children Act 1989 which does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are currently no secure units in Wales.