HC Deb 12 March 1970 vol 797 cc360-1W
53. Mr. Molloy

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many magistrates' courts have juvenile detention rooms with trained personnel in attendance.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

Responsibility for accommodation at magistrates' courts rests with magistrates' courts committees and local authorities, and the information requested is not available centrally. Children who have to be kept on court premises are normally looked after by court matrons or by the police, often by women officers. Seperate waiting rooms for children in custody are recommended by the Home Office for new juvenile court buildings.