HC Deb 11 June 1906 vol 158 cc685-6
MR. ALDEN (Middlesex, Tottenham)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young persons under the ago of twenty-one were committed to prison in default of paying fines in 1904 and 1905; and whether he can issue an instruction to the magistrates to grant a week's grace for the payment of fines when the persons can either give security or possess a settled domicile.

England. Wales and Monmouthshire. England and Wales.
Number of schools with only one teacher of any kind 1,573 221 1,794
Number of schools with one teacher and a pupil teacher 126 26 152
Number of schools with one additional teacher but no pupil teacher 3,281 334 3,615
Number of schools with one additional teacher and a pupil teacher 466 73 539

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) I am afraid I cannot give the desired information, as the collection of the particulars would necessitate a careful search through nearly 215,000 warrants of commitment. With regard to the second part of the Question, I have no power to give to magistrates an instruction such as is suggested, but a circular was issued from the Home Office in June of last year urging magistrates to allow prisoners full opportunities for paying the fines imposed upon them, and I have no reason to suppose that magistrates disregard the considerations then brought to their notice.