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Young Offenders

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the fact that it now costs £11,000 a year to keep a young offender in a community home school, whether the Government are considering making alternative cheaper provision for the care of young offenders; and if he will make a statement.

The Government are already expanding the system of attendance centres and are encouraging the development of intermediate treatment, not primarily on financial grounds but because we believe it is right that as many young offenders as possible should be dealt with in the community.