HC Deb 18 December 1941 vol 376 c2059
21. Mr. Thorne

asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information about the case of a young girl who was in the care of a woman charged, at the South-Western Police Court, with assaulting this girl of 16 years of age; and whether he has any statement to make on the criticism passed on the East Sussex County Council by the stipendiary of the police court?

Mr. H. Morrison

My hon. Friend no doubt has in mind a case in which on 14th December a woman was fined £25 and ordered to pay 10 guineas costs on conviction of an offence of aggravated assault on a 16-year-old girl who had been employed by her as a domestic servant. I understand that the girl had been in the care of the East Sussex County Council, but on the limited information which I have succeeded in obtaining in the short time available I am not in a position to make any comment on this aspect of the matter. I am informed that the girl is to be brought before a juvenile court within the next few days under the Children and Young Persons Act, as a young person in need of care and protection.

Mr. Thorne

Would my right hon. Friend use his good offices to see that this young girl is placed under proper control and is put into the hands of a decent person?

Mr. Morrison

We will keep the case under observation and endeavour to keep my hon. Friend informed.