§ MR. PICKERSGILL
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the statement in the Report of the Governor of Devizes Prison for the year 1896–7, that juvenile prisoners have been instructed in free gymnastics, and have much improved in appearance, and that he would respectfully suggest that this exercise might still be extended with advantage; and whether anything has been done to give effect to the Governor's recommendation?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT
I had not noticed this suggestion. Orders were issued in July, 1896, that all juvenile offenders should be exercised at physical drill for half an hour daily; this was altered to "free gymnastics" in February, 1897; no change has since been made, but I will bear the point in mind.