§ Mr. GOLDIE
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in consequence of the Children and Young Persons Act youthful offenders considered by courts of summary jurisdiction to be suitable for Borstal treatment are no longer committed to prison pending their appearance at the next court of quarter sessions, with the result that no representations as to their suitability are laid by or on behalf of the Prison Commissioners before quarter sessions; and whether, in view of the statutory obligation imposed upon the courts by Section 10 (2) of the Criminal Jurisdiction Act, 1914, to consider reports or representations before committing a youthful offender to Borstal, he will take steps for reports to be rendered by probation officers on behalf of the Prison Commission?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
In view of the second proviso to Section 33 (1) of the
Quantity and Average Declared Value per ton f.o.b. of coal exported from the Humber Ports. Goole. Grimsby. Immingham. Hull. Year. Quantity. Average declared value per ton f.o.b. Quantity. Average declared value per ton f.o.b. Quantity. Average declared value per ton f.o.b. Quantity. Average declared value per ton f.o.b. Tons s. d. Tons s. d. Tons s. d. Tons s. d. 1930 1,495,195 14 1 278,231 14 8 2,332,406 14 0 2,081,366 15 1 1931 1,062,525 13 3 166,840 14 2 1,708,373 13 5 1,289,192 14 3 1932 729,525 13 10 134,935 14 1 1,551,192 13 9 920,239 14 8 1933 697,177 14 3 85,740 12 6 1,549,833 13 11 921,450 15 0
Children and Young Persons Act, 1933, persons between the ages of 16 and 17 who are dealt with under Section 10 of the Criminal Justice Administration Act, 1914, may still be committed to prison with a view to their being sentenced by quarter sessions or assizes to detention in a Borstal institution. Persons of that age who are committed for trial in the ordinary way and are not released on bail will normally be committed to a remand home instead of to prison; but this will not affect the statutory duty of the Prison Commissioners to furnish reports to the court regarding their suitability for Borstal training, and these reports have been, and will continue to be, furnished in all such cases after consultation with the authorities of the remand home. When reporting on persons who have previously been placed on probation the Prison Commissioners already take into consideration information furnished by the probation officer, but the changes introduced by the Children and Young Persons Act do not make it necessary to consider inviting any further assistance from probation officers in this connection.