HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 c1523
41. Mr. Austin

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is prepared to publish a Report on the incidence and cause of juvenile delinquency in the war years, in view of the importance of this matter to the national well being.

Mr. Ede

The question of resuming the publication of statistics relating to crime which had to be suspended during the war is now being considered, and the importance of compiling and publishing as full information as possible about juvenile offenders will be borne well in mind.

Mr. Austin

Can my right hon. Friend give some indication of when it is proposed to resume publication of these reports?

Mr. Ede

If my hon. Friend will put down a Question about that after the Recess, I hope to be able to give him a more exact answer.

Mr. Lindsay

Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is a mistake to exaggerate the so-called juvenile delinquency, which, in spite of the blackout, has been very much less than previously?

Mr. Ede

I hesitate to give an expression of opinion on a general issue like that, but juvenile delinquency is very serious indeed.