HC Deb 18 June 1874 vol 220 c71

asked the Paymaster General, Whether it is true that boys of the Duke of York's School have been sent into the country lately to play a match against the boys of a Reformatory, and the boys from the Reformatory allowed to come to London to play a return match?


Sir, an eleven from the Duke of York's School went some time ago into the country, under the charge of the Commandant, to play a cricket match with an eleven from Feltham School, and were thoroughly beaten. I believe that a return match is in contemplation. But Feltham is an Industrial, not a Reformatory School, as mentioned in the Question of the hon. Baronet, the broad distinction between the two—a distinction pertinent to this Question—being that no lad can be taken into the Army or Navy from a Reformatory; whereas from Feltham last year 36 lads entered the Army and eight the Navy. With regard to the Feltham eleven, I understand that none have ever been convicted, and that they are equal in point of respectability to the ordinary run of boys in the Duke of York's School and to the recruits with whom these will have to associate when they enlist for service.


said, he would put a further Question on the subject.