The Child, the Family and the Young Offender

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 26th October 1967

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will implement the proposals contained in the White Paper on The Child, the Family and the Young Offender.

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I intend to introduce legislation, as soon as Parliamentary time can be provided, to integrate the approved schools within a comprehensive system of residential establish. ments for children and to make other reforms in the law on children and young persons.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Does he agree that many people in relevant professions and many local authorities are very anxious to know soon what plans they should be making for the future, particularly for the provision of residential accommodation?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I am certainly aware that it is desirable to end uncertainty in these and related matters as soon as possible. I am also aware that there is pressure on Parliamentary time and that there has been and will, I hope, be in the forthcoming Session a good deal of Home Office legislation. We cannot do everything at once, but I certainly want to give a firm structure to the future in this field as soon as is practicable.