HC Deb 16 July 1858 vol 151 c1610

said, he wished to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has made any inquiry into a statement which appeared in the Public Papers relative to a feast having been given to the convict children in the St. Bernard's Reformatory, and what has been the answer to such inquiry, whether the Reformatory at St. Bernard's received Public Grants on account of such convicts; whether other children not convicts are received at St. Bernard's; and, if so, whether the convicts associate with such children; if the Secretary of State will lay on the table of the House a Return of the names of such convicts, where they were convicted, and whether the parents of such convicts have contributed towards the maintenance of their children in that Reformatory, and to what amount?


said, he had no objection to the production of the return mentioned by the hon. Member. He had made inquiry into the statement which appeared in the public journals, and the result was that an assurance had been given that such feasts, accompanied by public demonstrations, would never be repeated again. The Reformatory certainly received public grants, and other children, not convicts, were received into it. The return would give all the information which the hon. Member required.