HC Deb 16 November 1911 vol 31 c516

asked the Home Secretary whether Sidney Edward Byrne, then of the age of ten years or thereabouts, was ordered, on 15th December, 1905, by Mr. E. S. Fordham, a Metropolitan Police Magistrate, to be detained in the Dorset Industrial School, at Blandford, until he attained the age of sixteen years whether he has official information showing that the superintendent and secretary of that school declares that the lad is under the charge or supervision of the managers until eighteen years of age, and expresses his intention of detaining him until then, though the lad's father is desirous of his return home upon his attaining the age of sixteen years in December next; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


The letter from the superintendent of the school which the hon. Member has sent me does not express any intention of detaining the boy in the school. As provided by Section 68 of the Children Act, the boy remains under the supervision of the managers until he is eighteen, and it would appear that he is now in a situation found for him by the managers. I do not propose to take any action in the matter.