HC Deb 19 April 1923 vol 162 cc2257-8
83. Mr. R. YOUNG

asked the Home Secretary whether he can say what is the total number of technical instructors in male Borstal Institutions, and what is the number of those who have served the full period of apprenticeship in the trade for which they are acting as instructors; whether he can give the number of improver-ships arranged for boys leaving those institutions in 1922–23 in the trade in which they have received instruction during their period of detention; and whether special technical advisory committees have been established for each trade in order that the Borstal Association may have the best advice in placing the lads on their discharge?


The technical instructors in male Borstal Institutions at present number 22. I cannot answer the second part of the question without obtaining the particulars from each institution. To answer the third part would require examination of the records of the Borstal Association, who supervise the lads on discharge and are responsible for providing employment. The answer to the last part is in the negative, but certain proposals for improving the organisation of trade teaching, and bringing it into closer touch with the requirements of possible employers, are now under my consideration.


Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us how many Borstal Institutions there are?


I am not quite sure.