HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 cc1472-3
49. Mr. Rees-Williams

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware of the number of crimes which have been committed by persons under the age of 21 years in the British sector of Berlin during the last six months; and what steps he is taking to deal with this question of juvenile delinquency.

Mr. J. Hynd

Yes, Sir. The steps taken to deal with the problem include the encouragement of youth organisations, the employment of specially trained policewomen and youth welfare officers, the establishment of juvenile courts in each section of Berlin, the opening of approved schools for difficult cases, vocational training for juveniles who are detained and the maintenance of contact with them after their release. As a result of these measures there has been an appreciable decrease in the number of juveniles convicted in the British zone compared with the figures for a year ago.