HC Deb 13 July 1899 vol 74 c700
MR. J. G. TALBOT (Oxford University)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is intended to be made for young persons sentenced to detention in reformatory schools between their conviction and their reception into such schools, now that it will be no longer lawful to detain them in prison; and whether he proposes to send any circular to the various Courts of Quarter and Petty Sessions on the subject.


The Reformatory Schools Amendment Act, to which, I suppose, my right hon. friend refers, provides merely that a juvenile offender shall not be sentenced to imprisonment in addition to being committed to a reformatory. There is nothing in this to interfere with the provisions of Section 2 of the Act of 1893, under which the offender can be sent for a short time to a prison, or any other place, until a fit school willing to receive him is found. I am about to issue a circular respecting the new Act.