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Young Offenders (Accommodation)

Volume 959: debated on Friday 1 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many young offenders have been taken out of custodial institutions and placed in foster homes as recommended by the Select Committee on Expenditure that examined the working of the Children and Young Persons Act.

The number of children boarded out in foster homes in England on 31st March 1977 was 32,500, an in- crease of 1,000 on the previous year. I regret that young offenders placed in foster homes cannot be separately identified in this figure.