§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places in local authority secure accommodation have been(a) provided and (b) planned for since 1 May 1997. 
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 14 December 2000]: At 31 March 1997 there were 328 approved places in local authority secure accommodation in England. A further 113 approved places have since been provided. Of these 113 places, five were planned since 1 May 1997 and a further eight more places are due to become operational in the new year.