§ MR. E. H. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the aggregate number of released convicts under licence, and persons under police supervision in the Metropolitan Police District; how many of them are required to make their monthly report personally; how many are permitted to report themselves by letter; and, of the former class, what number (if any) are required to report themselves elsewhere than at a police station?
§ SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY
The aggregate number of convicts at large on licence in the Metropolitan Police District is 613. Twenty of these are permitted to report themselves by letter, nine have been relieved altogether 1075 from the obligation to report, the remainder is composed of 538 males who are required to report themselves in person, and 46 females who are required to notify personally any change of residence. Of those who are required to report personally, none are required to report elsewhere than at a police-station. I may say with reference to these figures that the power to remit the obligation to report rests with the Secretary of State, and that individual cases are carefully considered in the Home Office, which is in communication with the police in regard to them.