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Remand Homes (Accommo- Dation)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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asked the Home Secretary what progress has been made during the last 12 months in the provision of the requisite accommodation in remand homes; and whether there is still a deficiency in certain areas and, if so, in which ones?

In the last 12 months local authorities have increased the number of places available in remand homes in England and Wales by about 300. Work is in progress for the provision of another 440 places, and further schemes are under consideration. The shortage' is perhaps greatest in the Tyneside and South Wales, though there are other areas where more accommodation is needed, especially for girls.

Are the special measures being taken in the areas where there is still a shortage?

We are doing all we can. If there is anything the hon. Member can do which will be helpful, I shall be grateful.

Is any preparation being made to provide the necessary personnel for such further remand homes, with the very difficult qualifications needed?