HC Deb 21 April 1898 vol 56 c650

On behalf of the hon. Member for the St. Patrick's Division of Dublin, I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether an arrangement can be adopted respecting the poor children brought before the police magistrates to be committed to industrial schools; and, whether those cases could be heard on a particular day each month apart from all ordinary police and criminal cases?


No arrangement of the nature indicated in the Question has been adopted in England, and I do not see how it could be made in Ireland without, in many cases, inflicting a hardship on the child, who might have to be detained in a prison, police-cell, or workhouse for a considerable time, namely, between the day of his apprehension and the day appointed for the consideration of the case.