§ Mr. Holt
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the cost of keeping a boy or girl in an approved school; what percentage of children come before the courts again after having left an approved school; and what percentage of people who have received Borstal training come before the courts again.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler:
The average weekly cost per head of maintaining children in approved schools is estimated to have been £9 1s. in 1956–57. Thirty-eight per cent, of the boys and 18 per cent, of the girls placed out from approved schools in 1953 are known to have been found guilty of offences within three years of being placed out, and 52 per cent, of the boys and 28 per cent, of the girls discharged from Borstals in the three years 1952, 1953 and 1954 are known to have been found guilty of offences by 31st December, 1956.