§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will take steps to ensure that the parents or legal guardians of a juvenile appearing before the courts are given reasonable opportunity to visit their child before the case is heard, to obtain legal advice and to be present at the hearing.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
The effect of Section 34 of the Children and Young Persons Act, 1933, is that such steps as are practicable must be taken to inform a parent or guardian of the arrest of a person under 17. My right hon. Friend does not consider that further amendment of the law would be appropriate for the purposes my hon. Friend has in mind.