HC Deb 25 February 1930 vol 235 cc2044-5

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is now in a position to take action to deal with the recommendations of the Departmental Committee on the Treatment of Young Offenders in Scotland?


As regards recommendations which can be carried into effect administratively, the hon. Member is aware that Circulars have been issued by the Scottish Office and the Scottish Education Department. I have had under review other matters connected with the existing arrangements for the after-care of young offenders, and I hope shortly to be in a position to institute various administrative improvements. As regards recommendations involving legislation, I hope in due course to introduce legislation amending the Children Act, 1908, and dealing with probation and other matters. A Probation Bill for Scotland has been drafted, but the date of its introduction must depend upon the state of Parliamentary business.


Does the right hon. Gentleman remember that he gave me precisely the same answer last July?

Viscountess ASTOR

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us exactly what he means by "in due course," as it is very important that these recommendations should be carried out as soon as possible?


I am unaware, at the moment, of what question was put to me by the hon. Member in July, but, in my answer, I have gone very carefully into the position, and told the hon. Member exactly what I am prepared to do.