§ 20. Mr. P. Browne
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has for building remand homes for young persons in Devon; and if he will give the number of remand homes in the county at the present time.
§ Mr. Browne
But is my hon. Friend aware that at the moment this lack of places and of remand homes is causing great concern to magistrates in the county? Is there not something that my hon. Friend can do to encourage the county council to provide more remand homes for young people?
§ Miss Bacon
Is the hon. Lady aware that that is exactly what her right hon. Friend said during the passage of the Children and Young Persons Act, last year, and that we gave him ample evidence of a shortage of remand homes throughout the country? While we know that this is the responsibility of the local authority, may I ask whether sheis satisfied that the financial arrangements for building new remand homes as between the Home Department and the local authorities is satisfactory?