HC Deb 23 April 1936 vol 311 cc287-8

asked the Home Secretary whether he is prepared to make an Order under Section 1 (2) of the Prevention of Crime Act, 1908, for extending the maximum age for sentence of Borstal detention?


I am obliged to my hon. Friend for giving me an opportunity of making a statement on this subject. In view of the increased accommodation now available for persons sentenced to Borstal detention and the better opportunities for classification, I have come to the conclusion that it is desirable that Borstal training, which may at present be ordered in the case of offenders between the ages of 16 and 21, should now be available also in the case of persons convicted on indictment who are between the ages of 21 and 23. I propose, therefore, to lay before Parliament a draft of an Order for this purpose.