HC Deb 06 July 1927 vol 208 cc1250-1

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the Report of the Committee on Offences against Young Persons; and whether he proposes to take any action, legislative or administrative, on this subject in Scotland?


I understand that the hon. Member refers to the Report of the Committee on Sexual Offences against Children and Young Persons in Scotland. As indicated in a reply which I gave to a question on the 29th March by the hon. Member for the Central Division of Aberdeen and Kincardine (Mr. R. W. Smith), I have already taken action on recommendations of the Committee which did not require legislation. As regards those which would require legislation, I propose to await the Report of the Scottish Committee on Young Offenders, which is now sitting, in order that the two Reports may be considered together.


Is it not a fact that the major portion of the complaints are due to the housing conditions? If you take the West End of Glasgow—and I am speaking of my experience of Glasgow and of what I know—is it not a fact that it is confined entirely to the East End of Glasgow, where the housing conditions are such as to permit these things to happen?


That is a question which should be discussed on the Estimates.