HC Deb 08 April 1878 vol 239 cc855-6

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is his practice, when asked to certify an Industrial School, to certify it for as many children as the Inspector reports it is adequate to accommodate, or for what other number?


Sir, as a general rule, the Secretary of State would certify for such a number of inmates as the school could adequately accommodate; but he must be satisfied that the additional accommodation asked for is actually required to satisfy the demands of the particular locality where the school is situated. Circumstances sometimes render it desirable and sometimes necessary to restrict the number of children.