HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc1003-4
29. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the rate of the present increase in juvenile delinquency compared with 1939.

Mr. Ede

The monthly average number of persons under 17 years of age found guilty in magistrates courts of offences of all kinds, indictable and non-indictable, was 4,606 in 1938, and 4,363 in 1939. The corresponding monthly average figures for 1945 and the first six months of 1946 were 6,078 and 4,855.