HC Deb 14 December 1950 vol 482 cc1331-2
24. Mr. Pitman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of juvenile delinquents and of men and women in prison are unable to read with understanding a newspaper or written instructions.

Mr. Ede

About 1 per cent. of the total number of men and women received into prison during 1949 were reported, on a somewhat rough and ready assessment, as being either illiterate or able to read only imperfectly. I regret that figures for juvenile delinquents in general are not available.

Mr. Janner

How many of these have been certified as educationally subnormal?

Mr. Ede

That is no concern of my Department, but in the case of juveniles we try to get all the information we can about their educational background.

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