§ 39. Mr. HOARE
asked the Home Secretary how many children were convicted and committed to prison, respectively, in 1910–11, 1911–12, and 1912–13; how many Children's Police Courts and special magistrates have been set up for children's cases; whether probation officers have everywhere been appointed; what is the number of probation officers appointed; how many of them are paid; and at what average rate?
§ Mr. McKENNA
The number of children under fourteen convicted summarily and on indictment was 2,328 in 1910, 2,435 in 1911, and 3,161 in 1912. These figures do not include children convicted summarily of non-indictable offences in pursuance of a summons, in regard to whom no age statistics are available. No children were committed to prison. Particulars of the various Juvenile Courts will be found in the List of Courts of Summary Jurisdiction, which will be forwarded to the hon. Member. No special magistrates have been appointed for children's cases. There are over 900 probation officers in England and Wales, but such officers have not yet been appointed everywhere. I cannot say how many probation officers are paid.
§ Mr. McKENNA
The total number of offenders between sixteen and twenty-one convicted summarily, and on indictment was, in 1910, 18,869; in 1911, 17,436; and in 1912, 18,764. These figures do not include those convicted summarily of non- 20 indictable offences in pursuance of a summons, in regard to whom no age statistics are available. The number committed to Borstal institutions was, in 1910, 491; in 1911, 445; and in 1912, 528. The number received in prison during the same years was 12,038, 9,442 and 8,987, respectively. The number placed on probation was, in 1910, 3,415; in 1911, 2,906; and in 1912, 3,249. There are no figures to show how many of these broke their recognisances.