HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 cc606-7
26. Mr. LANG

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the case of Jimmy Himent, convicted at the West London Police Court of theft, and ordered to be kept in an industrial school until he attains the age of 16; and, seeing that the delinquent is a child of seven and this means a nine years' sentence for a first offence, will he consider the case with a view to release?


I have made the fullest inquiry with regard to this boy, who is just over eight years of age, and have come to the conclusion that in his own interests I ought not to interfere. I would remind my hon. Friend that the object in a case of this kind is not to punish but to secure the welfare of the child. This boy has gone to a school at the seaside reserved for little boys under 12, where he will receive the care and education he needs. The question how long he remains at the school will depend on the progress he makes, and it may be possible for the managers to release him before he reaches the age of 16. If my hon. Friend would like further details I shall be happy to give them to him.


Is it within the province of the right hon. Gentleman's Department to see that the parents of the child are notified of its present whereabouts?


Yes, I think that may be done.